Hotel Total Energy Solution
Along with capturing solar PV electric energy and solar Thermal heat energy, pairing this solar with Energy Storage can deliver even stronger energy-saving results. This hybrid configuration addresses not only water heating charges and electric energy use charges but also electric demand charges, which better insulates the building owner from future utility rate changes. The best part is everything happens automatically and requires no intervention on the part of a building owner or property manager.
Hotel Energy Storage ESS
Many hotels in California are faced with expensive peak demand charges, paying some of the highest rates in the country. For some, it can represent more than 50% of their monthly utility bill.
Utility companies charge higher rates (often called the demand charge or kW on a bill) to customers during the periods of a billing cycle when their electricity usage is highest.
The demand charge can be a very large part of the bill – up to 50 percent – if the customer hits high peaks.
What does that mean for hotels?
Hotels have numerous features that contribute to those high peaks. Industrial washers, dryers, ovens, HVAC units, even parking lot lights all require a significant startup load (an additional request for power from the utility) that can cause electricity usage to rapidly increase. Additionally, many larger resort hotel properties feature further amenities and conference areas that can spike a building’s energy usage even further and drastically impact the demand charge portion of its utility bill. Those spikes in energy usage can be subject to the expensive peak demand charges. California commercial properties definitely feel the financial impact of high demand charges, but so do hotels and other large industrial buildings in Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico and other states where peak demand charges exceed $20/kW each month.
So where does energy storage come into the picture?
An energy storage system can store power during periods of low demand (when rates are cheapest). Then release this stored energy from the batteries at a precise time to mitigate the high demand peaks and, as a result, reduce the expensive demand charges.
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When installed, solar electricity is used up or is fed back to the utility grid. Depending on your needs, the water is heated to around 158° F (70° C) for immediate use, fed into boilers to be elevated to higher temperatures, or temporarily stored and used during non-sunny hours.
Because your facility is still connected to the grid, solar cogeneration will never interfere with your O&M during lower production times.
Starting at 500 gallons of hot water per day.
Solar Cogeration systems produce hot water up to 158° F (70° C).
Most customers see 4 – 7 year paybacks.
Several financing options are available, including cash purchase, PACE or Property Assessed Clean Energy loan (4-8% APR of up to 20% property value), solar lease and Power Purchase Agreement.
Maintenance is minimal, with suggested cleaning once a year.
Thermal storage is almost always stored closest to your current boilers or water heater. Sometimes called the mechanical room.
Energy Power storage is depending on your needs and what’s most cost-effective. Smaller storage only to clip the highest demands can be mounted up against a wall vertically. Mid-size storage can look like an external ground box transformer and larger storage systems can take up a parking space or two in length as a 10-20 foot container.