Smart energy firm partners with Texas utility on solar projects


Under the collaboration, the smart energy firm (RES Distributed) will develop, construct and manage a 15MW distributed portfolio of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects.

PEC, one of the largest utility cooperative in the US, will purchase output from the multi-site facility once it is brought online in 2017.

In a press statement, RES Distributed said it will begin construction of the fifteen solar PV plants across PEC’s service territory later this year.

Each site will consist of 998KW of solar array, states the company statement.

Ingmar Sterzing, PEC’s vice president of Power Supply and Energy Services commented:  “Once completed, these installations will allow all interested members to directly participate in a solar program that will provide the Cooperative with a cost-effective rate for all its member-owners.”

The deal is RES Distributed’s  largest solar portfolio since its entry into the US distributed energy market in 2015.

To date, the smart energy company has constructed 300 MW of solar power in the Americas.

Global smart energy developments

The news follows an announcement by UK utility National Grid that its smart energy programme Smart Energy Solutions (SES) has achieved a 98% retention rate, a 72% customer satisfaction rate and total customer savings of US$1,25 million on their electric bills.

The announcement was made in the programme’s first financial year end in mid February.

The SES runs for two years. [India and Canada sign MoU on smart energy and distribution]

The utility also found that participants in the programme experienced significant energy savings. Collectively, National Grid customers are reported to have saved 2,300 megawatt-hours – enough to power a local library for a year, said 3BL Media. Customers also reduced their energy usage by almost 4 per cent during peak periods.

Ed White, vice president, New Energy Solutions, National Grid said: “These reports have provided valuable data and insight that will help influence how we modernize our electricity system in the future.

“As part of the SES programme, we have been piloting advanced automation on the electricity distribution system. This includes special equipment and switches that communicate and operate to automatically isolate power outages, minimizing the impact to customers. During two major events the technology helped us reduce the time customers were interrupted by more than 75 per cent.”


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