In the last few years energy resiliency has become an increasingly important topic among industrial corporations and federal agencies. The utilization of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system to generate clean energy will undoubtedly lower the operations costs of a facility and provide energy savings for several decades. However, the solar PV system alone will not provide resiliency from grid blackouts.
If you are a commercial or industrial property owner, maybe you have considered installing a solar energy system to reduce energy costs for you or your tenant. Or, maybe your tenant has approached you about investing in solar energy themselves at your facility. Whatever the case may be, Commercial property owners benefit in a unique way from solar energy installed on their facilities.
Building solar energy and microgrid systems for your facilities is a great way to provide energy security and resiliency and to generate energy savings. System components typically have no moving parts, long useful life, and generally require very little maintenance. However, long-term preventative maintenance should always be considered when planning to build energy resiliency into a facility with a microgrid, or even with just a solar energy system.
Because these systems provide valuable savings and secure energy for critical facilities the small additional cost for ongoing preventative maintenance services is often well worth it. Consider these tips for maximizing system performance through preventative maintenance:
Recently, I attended three back-to-back events with a focus on energy resiliency, especially for the Department of Defense (DoD). The U.S. military has been very clear in the last few years about its need for energy resiliency. To the DoD, energy resiliency means that it has energy to power its critical infrastructure in support of our nation’s defense despite interruptions to energy supply from the traditional grid. But there is a problem: We haven’t figured out how to value resiliency in relation to the cost of traditional energy. If we put a dollar value on resiliency, what would that value be? Frankly, I lost count of the number of times the question was asked in the last month. Admittedly, this is a complicated and deeply subjective issue.
But it is certainly solvable.
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In our present day and age, all of us increasingly rely on resilient, uninterrupted, and affordable energy that we can control. At Hannah Solar Government Services, we call that Energy Security. One of the ways we provide Energy Security for our clients is by designing and building microgrids.
Investing in a solar energy system is a great way to reduce energy cost savings by generating your own electricity. However, solar systems are expected to last 40 or more years. So, doing your due diligence up front to select the best solar contractor is essential. You don't want to be stuck with an under performing 40 year investment after selecting the wrong contractor.