Solar Energy Management2024-04-15T07:00:32-07:00

As energy costs continue to rise, Energy Management will become the key to significant solar savings.

Did you know that 40% to 60% of your utility charges can be the result of only 1% of your usage!

That’s right, the Demand Charges on your power bill are the result of “peak” energy usage. These peaks only have to occur for brief moments at any time over your entire billing cycle to incur these fees. And, once you’ve reached certain peak levels you can be forced into more costly rate programs. This is one of the most important reasons to invest in solar energy management.

Solar Energy Management

The tools we offer are essential, and inexpensive, solutions that put the power of knowledge and control in your hands to:

  • Track energy usage real-time
  • Analyze peak demand and plan reductions
  • Measure power usage of essential equipment
  • Time shift power loads
  • Coordinate peak usage with solar production
  • Lower utility based energy costs
  • Establish building energy benchmarks and LEED points

We couple these technologies with our premium solar systems giving you the ability to achieve net-zero energy consumption, maximize your payback, and turn your monthly electricity bill into profits all through Solar Energy Management.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Solar Energy Management System (EMS)?2024-04-16T10:47:13-07:00

Solar Energy Management System (EMS)

Also known as Energy Monitoring System, it allows customers to easily track and view their system production and energy consumption. This knowledge helps owners monitor their energy usage to better optimize their electricity bills. Our favorite aspect of this technology is that it helps owners avoid peak energy costs (demand charges). Additionally, the monitoring system enables installers to routinely maintain systems remotely. This is all achieved through an app that is integrated with your system.

A Solar Energy Management System (EMS) is a comprehensive solution that integrates various components and technologies to efficiently harness, store, distribute, and monitor solar energy. This sophisticated system plays a crucial role in optimizing the performance of solar power systems in residential, commercial, or industrial settings. Here’s a detailed breakdown of how a Solar EMS works:

1. Solar Panel Integration:

The process begins with the installation of solar panels, typically photovoltaic cells, on rooftops or other suitable locations. These panels capture sunlight and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity through the photovoltaic effect. The Solar Energy Management System integrates with these solar panels, often through inverters, to monitor their performance, ensuring they operate at peak efficiency.

2. Inverter and Energy Conversion:

The DC electricity generated by the solar panels is then directed to an inverter. The inverter is a critical component that converts DC electricity into alternating current (AC), making it compatible with the electrical systems used in homes and businesses. The Solar Energy Management System monitors this conversion process, adjusting parameters to optimize efficiency and maximize the usable energy output.

3. Battery Storage Management:

Many solar power systems incorporate energy storage solutions, such as batteries, to store excess energy generated during periods of high solar production. The Solar EMS manages the charging and discharging of these batteries, ensuring that energy is stored when production exceeds demand and released when demand exceeds production. This capability allows for greater energy independence and resilience during periods of low sunlight.

4. Load Management and Distribution:

The Solar EMS acts as an intelligent energy manager, determining how to allocate the generated energy. It prioritizes the use of solar energy over grid energy, directing power to critical loads or high-consumption appliances. By actively managing the distribution of energy, the system minimizes reliance on the grid and maximizes the utilization of clean, renewable energy.

5. Real-time Monitoring and Control:

A key feature of Solar EMS is its ability to provide real-time monitoring and control. Through sensors, meters, and communication systems, the system continuously gathers data on energy production, consumption, and storage. Users can access this information through user-friendly interfaces, such as mobile apps or web platforms, allowing them to monitor the system’s performance and make informed decisions about energy usage.

6. Grid Interaction and Net Metering:

In situations where the solar power system is connected to the electrical grid, the EMS manages the interaction between the two. Through net metering arrangements, excess energy generated by the solar panels can be fed back into the grid, effectively “spinning the meter backward” and potentially earning credits or compensation from the utility provider. The EMS facilitates this interaction, ensuring a seamless flow of energy between the solar system and the grid.

7. Energy Optimization Algorithms:

Sophisticated Solar EMS solutions often employ advanced algorithms to optimize energy usage further. These algorithms consider factors such as weather forecasts, time-of-use electricity rates, and historical usage patterns to make intelligent decisions about when to charge or discharge batteries, when to use stored energy, and when to draw power from the grid.

8. User Empowerment:

Solar EMS solutions empower users by providing them with control over their energy consumption and production. Users can set preferences, schedules, and thresholds, allowing them to customize the system based on their specific needs and priorities. This level of control enhances user engagement and ensures that the solar power system aligns with individual preferences and lifestyle.

A Solar Energy Management System is a comprehensive and intelligent solution that optimizes every aspect of solar energy utilization. From capturing sunlight to storing excess energy, managing loads, interacting with the grid, and providing users with real-time insights and control, the Solar EMS represents a pivotal technology in the transition towards sustainable and efficient energy systems. By maximizing the benefits of solar power, these systems contribute significantly to reducing reliance on conventional energy sources and mitigating the environmental impact of energy consumption.

What are Demand Charges?2024-04-25T14:30:14-07:00

Simply put, they are like a penalty commercial or non-residential customers must pay for exceeding a brief electrical threshold. The tricky thing about it is that demand charges are based on the highest amount of electricity a customer used in a short 15 minute interval during the billing cycle. This means that for many commercial users, the cost of their electricity bill is determined by just mere moments of their usage but accounts for up to 70% of the entire bill. By being able to track usage and know when to not use peaked energy, customers can avoid this up-charge and dramatically lower their bills.

Can I install an Energy Management System without a solar system?2024-04-25T10:16:33-07:00

Solare Energy Management System: Of course, and we would be happy to show you how much an EM system can benefit your home or business. This is because EM systems allow you to monitor your energy usage through an integrated app.

Let’s start building an energy smart future for you today!

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