Written by Karen Uhlenhuth, Midwest Energy News
In Iowa, a state with some of the highest demand charges in the nation, a solar installer is offering a storage solution that the company claims could cut power bills in half for some large electricity customers. One year ago the company, Ideal Energy, installed its first solar-plus-storage system at Stuff Etc., a large consignment store in Coralville. Amy Van Beek, the company’s co-founder and its chief marketing officer, said the project has been performing well and the company is now working with several large electricity customers in the state to determine how solar-plus-storage could work for them. Continue reading.
Photo: An Iowa solar company installed battery storage at this consignment store near Iowa City to help avoid high demand charges. Credit: Ideal Energy
- An Introduction to Demand Charges, Clean Energy Group
- NREL survey Karen Uhlenhuth references: Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges. The analysis was undertaken by NREL in collaboration with Clean Energy Group as part of their Resilient Power Project.
- Table included in the survey: A summary of demand charges for the states with the highest utility demand charge rates in the U.S. (NREL)
- Webinar: Identifying Potential Markets for Commercial Behind-the-Meter Battery Storage (9/19/2017)
- Blog: Millions of Commercial Customers Could Cut Costs with Battery Storage
- Press Release: Five Million Commercial Customers Could Cut Costs with Battery Storage (8/24/2017)
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