California’s SOMO Village is expanding its solar array to a full 3.1 megawatts and adding a 1 megawatt commercial energy storage system that is expected to save its 1,000 residents and 50 businesses more than $1.8 million over 10 years and $160,000 in energy costs in the first year alone. The new systems are being installed by Green Charge and solar developer REC Solar.
SOMO Village in Rohnert Park, CA, is a mixed-use development of apartments and shops that consume 6 megawatts of energy per year. When the new systems are completed it will have the largest solar farm integrated with an energy storage system in Sonoma County, CA. The village’s approach to sustainability earned it distinction from Bioregional as its first “One Planet Community.” The sustainable advocacy organization based uses ecological and carbon emissions standards as guiding principles, and it determined that SOMO met its criteria.
“SOMO Village is a leader in renewable energy adoption,” said Alan Russo, senior vice president of sales and marketing at REC Solar. “We are proud to be their energy partner and to work alongside the Green Charge team to maximize the impact of their solar investment.”
Commercial and residential solar arrays in combination with battery storage systems are continuing to prove their ability to save their customers and users money, particularly by helping them use cheaper energy during peak energy consumption hours. For instance, on Aug. 12, 2016, an estimated 265,000 Green Mountain Power customers in Vermont collectively saved $200,000 in just one hour thanks to a combination of solar power and battery storage.
“Solar PV has long been seen as an environmentally responsible energy choice, but many companies now deploy solar with energy storage because it is also a smart business choice. With a combined solar and storage system, the potential savings and return on investment can be much greater than each can provide on a standalone basis,” said Vic Shao, CEO of Green Charge.
Similarly, packing material manufacturer Blisterpak, with help from HelioPower, is installing a new 135-kilowatt solar array and a 120-kilowatt storage system at its distribution center in Commerce, CA, to offset an estimated $42,000 annually in energy costs.Tweet