Salt River Project and APS tap into microstorage to save


Residents of the greater Phoenix metropolitan area in the Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service territories now have access to more than a dozen residential Phazr microstorage projects.

Within the Salt River Project territory, peak demand charges can be avoided by residents taking advantage of energy storage to shave peaks when demand spikes.

According to a company release, demand charges are calculated on the most intense 30-minute period of energy use during the monthly billing cycle.

In Arizona Public Services territory, the challenge is time-of-use charges – however, Arizona Public Services charges more for energy used during peak hours of the late afternoon and evening, when people are at home relying on the grid.

These customers use energy storage for what is called, “consumer self-supply.”

The microstorage, installed by JLM Energy, includes software which optimises and controls when the solar energy should go into the batteries, directly into the home for immediate use, or back to the grid for net metering credit.

According to JLM Energy, the “algorithms in the software are set to make the best deal for the customer based on their energy use profile and utility tariff structure. The user-friendly interface makes it easy for customers to track their energy use, savings and expenditures with second-by-second data.”

Farid Dibachi, CEO of JLM Energy says that the product “optimises solar production by discharging power at the most valuable time. Not only can customers save money, they can protect their investment with the ability to adjust to any future rate change the utility makes.”

“We are absolutely focused on the satisfaction of our early customers and ensuring that they have a positive customer experience,” said Dibachi.

Energy storage, peak demands and energy efficiency

In related news, three US utility companies including the Arizona Public Service have selected virtual power systems firm, Sunverge Energy, to deploy and optimise the operations of their energy storage systems.

The Arizona Public Service will install Sunverge One battery energy storage units and equip consumers with the company’s home energy management system. Read more…


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