Energy Management

The best way to maximize your usage of solar is to reduce your properties’ electrical consumption, the practices we discuss here are mainly tailored for businesses and industrial usage. These strategies are meant to optimize electricity quality, reduce electricity consumption, track your energy performance and making sure every last drop of power is not wasted.

Strategies #

Peak demand management #

Peak Demand Management also known as ‘peak shaving’ is the process of reducing peak power usage thus reducing peak demand on an electricity network. Peak demand charges may account up to 70% of the total power bill. This is essentially a very effective way of having more control and having the ability to vastly reduce your power bill.

Peak demand can occur out of sunlight hours or no savings are made even during sunlight hours possibly due to high load or cloud cover. Ways to go about peak shaving is to have strategies in place, that reduce amount of energy generated during peak demand periods. Depending on different situations, it involves targeting the right variables to achieve more efficiency and higher cost savings. Adding a battery storage system for example to store energy generated during time periods where excess solar generation occurs such as weekends and during noon, or you could also charge batteries from cheaper off-peak power in the evenings.

Energy auditing #

Energy audits is a service provided by few solar installers to analyse how to best tailor a system, this involves installing a smart meter few weeks prior to installation, the installer collects data to pinpoint inefficiencies and will then change a solar PV’S system to maximize the system’s energy performance.

Power quality management #

Power quality is an important aspect you have to be aware of, electricity has variances in quality that may cause electrical equipment to run inefficiently or have a shorter life-span. The quality of electricity is dependent on the strength and uniformity of the electrical current. Factors such as Total harmonic distortion and Power factor correction have a role in this. Optimizing voltage may reduce power losses by matching incoming power to the same voltage as appliances or machinery in your business. These factors may aid in reducing your electricity consumption, prolonging the longevity of equipment and other assets.

Energy monitoring #

Through Energy Monitoring, you can gain the ability to easily monitor your solar PV system’s performance. Through a wide range of performance and analysis tools, you can monitor how much electricity you are exporting to feed-in and how much solar energy you generate on average depending on the amount of sunlight per day. A great benefit of Energy Monitoring is the ability to easily monitor your solar PV system’s performance. With an Energy Monitoring System, it includes analysis and performance tools to identify parameters immediately. Parameters include but not limited to:

  • Electricity consumption
  • Solar electricity consumption
  • Grid exports
  • Grid imports
  • Battery charge and discharge power

Monitor energy cycles and take charge to reduce your energy bills. Analyse, manage and reduce your consumption, therefore maximize savings on your electricity bill. Another vantage point is that monitoring systems are able to detect fault conditions, which will alert you of early indicators of dangerous or costly equipment failure. Many solar inverters already come with integrated monitoring features, including mobile applications and desktop applications for ease of use.