A new 135-kilowatt solar array and a 120-kilowatt energy storage system at Blisterpak’s manufacturing and distribution center in Commerce, CA, is expected to save the company $42,000 a year in energy costs. The new system installed by HelioPower uses Sharp’s SmartStorage Energy Storage System, which has a 10-year performance guarantee.
Blisterpak, a maker of packaging materials and heat sealers, will use the system to avoid paying expensive peak demand charges. Such charges can add up to $35 per kilowatt-hour in Southern California Edison’s service territory and can comprise up to 50% of a company’s energy bill, according to HelioPower. The installer observed that while solar can offset energy charges it doesn’t help offset those demand charges. That’s where the storage system comes in, it can help save the company money both by producing its own electricity and by avoiding those demand charges.
"We selected the Sharp system because of the company's long-standing reputation for delivering safe, high-quality and reliable electronic products. Moreover, their system offered an incomparable assurance of long-term service and guaranteed performance with their 10-year asset management service and performance guarantee," said Mo Rousso, President of HelioPower. "It's a system that requires almost no oversight on Blisterpak's part to deliver a high level of savings."
Energy storage systems are still relatively new to the market and performance guarantees offer purchasers some assurance as to what they can expect from a system. The Sharp system uses predictive analytics and controls to manage the release of energy from its batteries and as Blisterpak's demand starts to spike it provides a rapid power discharge to mitigate spikes in demand usage. With the 10-year guarantee, if the demand reductions are not met, Sharp will compensate for the deficit.
"Our system would benefit many commercial and industrial buildings in the SCE territory," said Carl Mansfield, General Manager and Founder of Sharp Electronics Corporation's Energy Systems and Services Group. "HelioPower is helping its customers, like Blisterpak, take control of their expensive utility bills by installing the SmartStorage system and we are pleased to provide them with a solution that reliably and safely delivers results."Tweet