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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