Sharp entered the solar energy plus storage market in New Mexico in an impactful way, by installing an energy storage system at the Roadrunner Food Bank. The new installation couples two 30 kilowatt hour Sharp SmartStorage units with the site’s existing 366 kW rooftop solar array from Affordable Solar Installation to allow the food bank, which offers food to the poor, to save money while ensuring it can meet its mission of feeding the hungry in the state.
“While California has been the hot bed for energy storage, there are other markets like New Mexico that are increasingly viable for energy storage applications for peak demand reduction,” said Carl Mansfield, general manager and founder of Sharp’s Energy Systems and Services Group. “Affordable Solar has a strong track record in New Mexico. Their solar PV products along with our SmartStorage system is a powerful solution for building owners wanting to lower peak demand usage without disrupting day-to-day operations.”
The new project marks Sharp’s entry into New Mexico and also is likely the state’s first commercial solar plus storage installation. It will help the food save roughly $30,000 of its $180,000 annual electric bills by helping the nonprofit reduce demand charges—which comprises roughly 30 percent of its electric bill.
“Solar plus storage is the ideal solution for many of our commercial customers that are facing expensive utility bills,” said Kevin Bassalleck, President of Affordable Solar Installation. “We found that Sharp’s solution had a tremendous offering in terms of performance, reliability, and value, particularly considering it is backed by Sharp’s 10-Year Asset Management Service Agreement.”
The agreement means that Sharp is guaranteeing the energy cost savings promised. Under the agreement If the guaranteed demand reductions aren’t met Sharp will reimburse the customer for the remaining amount it projected in energy cost savings.
“This installation is one of the largest rooftop arrays in the state of New Mexico, but is arguably one of the most important. The additional power savings provided from the array combined with the new Sharp SmartStorage system will have long-term ramifications for hungry New Mexicans across the state, with every dollar saved equating to five meals,” said Roadrunner Chief Operating Officer Teresa Johansen. “Renewable energy systems like Sharp’s SmartStorage can have a tremendous impact on non-profits by decreasing utility costs and maximizing the positive impact charitable dollars have on the community,"Tweet