More than a dozen businesses in California and New Mexico have installed systems provided by global energy storage firm, NantEnergy, according to the company. These companies, which all have selected NantEnergy SmartStorage® systems in the first six months of the year, will use the systems to replace utility-provided power with emissions-free renewable energy at times of peak demand. The systems also will provide them with a reliable source of backup power.
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Paired with solar panels, NantEnergy’s storage systems and advanced battery technology give commercial and industrial (C&I) customers a reliable, independent source of clean energy—whether at peak demand times when utility prices are highest or as backup power during grid outages..
“NantEnergy is committed to providing energy management solutions that help businesses meet their corporate sustainability goals and in turn make a significant contribution toward local and state clean energy goals,” said NantEnergy Chairman, Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.
Demand charges in California have increased by as much as 64% since 2014, and these charges can represent more than 50% of a company’s monthly energy bill.1What’s more, California experienced more outages in 2017 than any other state (430+), with outages lasting an average of 117 minutes.2
Demand charges in California have increased, as grid outages have become more common, These downtimes cost U.S. businesses billions each year. Much of the increase is due to the higher frequency of damaging severe weather events driven by climate change, making backup power vital for business customers.
“Our SmartStorage systems address both rising energy costs and increasingly frequent grid disruptions,” said Carl Mansfield, NantEnergy VP of System Solutions. “With our systems, companies can manage demand charges, shift solar energy to more valuable times of day, and gain reliable backup power fueled by renewable sources.”
Highlights from customers who have recently deployed NantEnergy SmartStorage systems:
Vitality Works, a large developer of herbal supplements based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, estimates it will lower its utility bill by 27 percent and save over $50,000 during its first year using a 120kW/162kWh SmartStorage system and a 264kW solar PV system.
Hokto Kinoko, one of the largest specialty mushroom growers in the world, worked with Irvine, California-based Revel Energy to install a 1.04MW rooftop solar PV system coupled with a 300kW/405kWh NantEnergy SmartStorage system at its San Marcos, California processing facility. The Tokyo-based company estimates it will save over $200,000 annually on energy bills.
The City of Del Mar, California, installed a 30kW / 121.5kWh system with the primary purpose of offering resiliency support in the event of grid outages. Installed at the newly-constructed City Hall and coupled with a PV system from Baker Electric, the energy storage system is expected to provide backup power and substantially reduce electric utility demand charges.