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Smart Energy Solutions

by Glen Keoghan

In our pursuit of a sustainable future, harnessing renewable energy sources has become increasingly important. Solar power has emerged as a popular choice, offering clean and abundant energy. However, one of the challenges with solar energy has a lot to do with timing.

Solar power is typically generated during the day when the sun shines the brightest, as it relies on the sun's availability, but our heavy usage patterns are typically before the sun rises or not long after the sun sets in the evening. To overcome this limitation and maximize the benefits of solar power, energy load shifting and battery storage, have emerged as innovative solutions. The potential for wildfires in Southern California and possible power outages, due to power companies shutting power off to lower the fire risks, mean that having the ability to activate Island Mode becomes an important consideration.

The ability to activate a critical load management (load shedding) plan, along with energy load shifting, is what makes Smart Energy smart. In this article, we will explore these concepts, their benefits, and how Savant Power products, installed by LIGHTWORKS, are a great option for implementing these solutions.

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Understanding Energy Load Shifting

Energy load shifting refers to the process of adjusting the timing of energy consumption to optimize the use of renewable energy sources. With solar power, energy load shifting involves utilizing the excess solar energy generated during the day for later use when solar production is reduced or not available. This concept allows for more efficient energy management and reduces reliance on non-renewable energy sources during peak demand periods. LIGHTWORKS uses smart breakers to determine when and under what conditions appliances, devices, and outlets turn on or off.

Introducing Battery Storage

Battery storage plays a crucial role in energy load shifting by storing excess solar energy for later use. When solar panels produce more energy than is needed, the surplus is stored in batteries instead of being fed back into the grid. During times when solar energy production is low, such as during the night or on cloudy days, the stored energy can be drawn from the batteries to power homes or businesses.

Benefits of Battery Storage

Energy Independence: Battery storage systems enable users to reduce their dependence on the electrical grid, providing a degree of energy self-sufficiency. Cost Savings: Battery storage helps reduce reliance on peak energy rates by utilizing stored energy during high-demand periods, leading to potential cost savings on electricity bills.

Understanding Island Mode

Island mode, also known as islanding or microgrid mode, refers to the ability of a solar power system, with battery storage, to operate independently from the electrical grid during a power outage. In this mode, the solar panels continue to generate electricity, which is stored in the batteries and used to power critical loads within the premises. This functionality enhances resilience and provides an uninterrupted power supply even when the grid goes down.

Critical Load Management (Load Shedding)

Critical load management can be set up to keep critical services active, and this can be dynamic depending on your battery storage levels, and your solar generation capacity. So, things like fridges or freezers, heating or cooling devices, lights, certain power outlets (phone chargers) or life support functions can be kept active for as long as possible and turned off one by one depending on battery storage levels and usage.

Savant power box

Why Savant Power Products?

Savant Power products, installed by LIGHTWORKS, offer a reliable and efficient solution for implementing energy load shifting, battery storage, and island mode. Here's why they are a great option:

  • Advanced Technology: Savant Power products utilize cutting-edge technology to ensure optimal performance, efficiency, and longevity.
  • Seamless Integration: Savant Power products seamlessly integrate with solar power systems, allowing for efficient energy management and load shifting.
  • Scalability: The modular design of Savant Power products enables scalability, allowing users to expand their battery storage capacity as needed.
  • Intelligent Energy Management: Savant Power products incorporate intelligent energy management systems, optimizing energy usage and maximizing savings.
  • Reliability and Support: LIGHTWORKS, as an experienced provider, offers reliable installation and ongoing support for Savant Power products, ensuring peace of mind for customers.

To conclude, solar and energy load shifting, along with battery storage and island mode, and critical load planning present a compelling solution for maximizing the benefits of solar power and transitioning towards a sustainable energy future. By utilizing excess solar energy, storing it in batteries, and intelligently managing energy consumption, users can achieve energy independence, reduce costs, and enhance the grid.

If you would like to discuss how Smart Energy Solutions can benefit you, please reach out, we are here to help!