Solar and Energy Storage Industry Gather at Solar Power International
ARTICLE POSTED BY: Jared Friesen, PE, NABCEP, LEED AP
Project developers, manufacturers, installers, designers, and financiers came together last week for the biggest renewable energy trade show in the country at Solar Power International co-located with Energy Storage International. We attended the show under the rooftop solar system at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, and found that the complimentary benefits of energy conservation, energy generation with solar, and on-site energy storage are leading to new value propositions intended to lower ongoing operation costs for commercial and industrial building managers. Energy storage is seen as a critical component because it “fills the generation gap” for building managers who are paying high electric demand charges, it can replace underutilized back-up diesel generation in select circumstances, and it can provide a degree of resilient building power when combined with quiet and fuel-free solar-photovoltaic energy generation. And with manufactured battery volume increasing from electric vehicle growth, energy storage prices will continue to the benefit of solar+storage systems.
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