AltSys Solar Inc – Blog Post #001
By Daniel Moreno and Eric Sustaita – May 7th, 2019

Your energy bill is not just how much energy you use but the “rate” at which it is used and also “when” you use it: a combination of consumption (energy), demand (power) and Time-of-Use. Demand is defined by Southern California Edison (SCE) as: “The measure of how much electricity is used at a single point in time” and is charged by kW (kilo-watts) vs energy use which is charged by kWh (kilo-watt hours). The utility infrastructure (“the grid”) must be prepared to provide a certain level of power demand, varying on the time of day – PEAK demand occurring around early evening (4pm-9pm). The Utility collects Demand Charges to cover the cost of Grid Upgrades necessary to be capable of providing power up to the level of Peak Demand. Generation and Distribution of Power requires sufficient powerlines, transformers, substation facilities, but most expensive of all Power Plants!

There are two different demand charges billed by the utility: Facilities Demand and Time-Related Demand.  According to SCE website, “Facilities Demand Charges apply at all times throughout the year, calculated per kilowatt (kW) according to your highest recorded demand during each billing cycle—no matter what season, day of week, or time of day, while Time-Related Demand Charges only apply during the summer season (June 1 through September 30), when demand reaches its peak and costs are highest. Time-Related Demand Charges are assessed each month during On-Peak hours & also during Mid-Peak hours. Time-Related charges are in addition to and separate from a Facilities-Related Demand Charge.”

Energy Storage for Lower Grid Demands = Happy Solar Consumers!

Energy bills come with so many charges, so what do we do?  ADD BATTERIES, of course! Solar combined with Storage allows for saving on not just Energy Consumption costs, but also Power Demand charges – this means Overall Bill is able to be reduced to lowest possible result. Solar generation generally happens during hours that fall within what is called “Off-Peak TOU rate schedule” (8am-4pm) times when value of energy is at its lowest. During the evening times, PV systems are not producing energy and ‘coincidently’ lines up with “On-Peak TOU schedule” (4pm-9pm) – when energy and power costs are at their highest.

With Batteries, energy produced during the day that isn’t immediately consumed can get stored for usage later in the evening to avoid (high cost energy) imports from “The Grid” and reduce Peak Power level that “The Grid” must provide (reduce demand charges). Good for everyone!

Value of Solar Energy MAXIMIZED with addition of BATTERIES!

When you ready to take control of your energy needs and protect yourself against rising electric bills give us a call at (559) 688-2544 to start saving now.

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By: HJ Mai Date:March 26, 2019

“Meeting the morning and evening peaks of electricity demand has been a challenge for solar and wind energy, given their intermittent nature. As a result, technologies capable of delivering energy whenever the grid needs it, such as open-cycle gas turbines and gas reciprocating engines, had a competitive advantage, according to the report. This advantage is now disappearing.”

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Feb 22nd 2019 Bernadette Del Chiaro, Executive Director CalSSA

This bipartisan bill would:

  • Protect the right of all California consumers – homeowners, renters, farmers, schools, etc. – to generate, store and shape their own energy onsite without threat of undue influence or discriminatory behavior of local utilities;
  • Remove barriers to local solar and storage, and other DERs, through streamlining and simplifying interconnection processes statewide, and;
  • Remove barriers to stand-alone storage by requiring storage-only export tariffs be created statewide. 

As you may have heard, CALSSA teamed up with the Solar Rights Alliance andVote Solar to pull together a broad coalition of solar farmers, solar schools, solar homeowners, disability rights advocates, workforce development organizations, environmental groups, and solar and storage businesses and workers to officially launch the Solar Bill of Rights on the steps of the state Capitol this week. You can watch the video of the entire press conference and you can read about the launch here.

Many thanks to our member companies who answered the call to action and came out for the bill launch event: Aztec Solar, Canadian Solar, Capital City Solar, Chico Electric, Clean Solar, Engie, Grid Alternatives, JKB, Luminalt, Natron, Owen Dunn Insurance, SepiSolar, SMA, Solar Technologies, Sunrun, TerraVerde, and Vivint, 

In addition to the crowded steps of the capitol backing the new bill, we have also garnered a bipartisan group of legislators as co-authors. In addition to our principal supports of Senator Wiener (D-SF) and Senator Nielsen (R-Gerber), SB 288 is also co-authored by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside), and assembly members Gallagher (R-Chico), Friedman (D-Glendale), Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and R.Rivas (D-Hollister).

But we believe every legislator should support this bill. Please take a moment to email your local senator and assembly member and ask them to join this bipartisan and diverse group of legislators in co-authoring SB 288, the Solar Bill of Rights today! Click here to take action. 

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Guest Commentary | Feb. 13, 2019 | CLIMATE CHANGECOMMENTARYENVIRONMENTMY TURNWILDFIRE

” Local solar power paired with batteries can provide reliable energy and keep electricity running for communities in need, particularly at times when a power line needs to be turned off for safety reasons. This technology might also reduce the chances of electric sparks on overhead lines, which could result in dangerous wildfires.”

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“PG&E Corp. plans to replace three natural gas-fired power plants in California with battery-storage systems as the state continues its push to squeeze fossil fuels out of the electricity mix.”

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Ballast Roof Solar System

With renewables now mainstream, Wood Mackenzie argues power markets must shift to greet the change…

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“The combination of distributed energy storage and distributed solar is reversing the power flow, allowing customers and communities to generate most of their energy at home or nearby. It’s also reversing the political power in the system, enabling customers to evade most utility strategies for curtailing competition. In short, it’s a technology shift that enables energy democracy, where electric customers can — individually and collectively — have greater choice over the source and structure of their energy system.”

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“When you add storage you increase the gross margin for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) partner, you increase customer returns and then you provide utilities with the value they’re seeking by shifting those rates. Rate shifts are designed to change consumer behaviour, [but] we allow customers to operate how they want to, and everyone benefits from the improved economics.”….Says Alan Russo of Stem Inc.

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“Home batteries: What are they, and is it worth it for you to get one? Will the lights stay on in a blackout? How long can you run a home on batteries?….Batteries are mostly used to take advantage of utility rate plans that charge more for electricity during on-peak hours and less during off-peak hours. A home battery can be charged with power from solar panels or from the grid during times when utilities charge low rates for electricity, and be used to power the home when rates are higher. This reduces the amount of expensive energy a customer buys…” Read more in link below…

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