As peak hours continue to exert pressure on electricity grids and strain business operations, finding effective solutions becomes paramount. By implementing smart strategies and leveraging modern technologies, it is possible to mitigate the challenges posed by peak hours for a cost-efficient energy landscape. In this section, we will explore various approaches and practical steps that businesses/building owners can adopt to optimize energy usage during peak hours.
There are 3 main ways this is done:
Cutting consumption for non-critical loads is a key strategy to address peak hour challenges and optimize energy usage. Non-critical loads are appliances or devices that are not essential for the immediate operation of a business or household. These may include non-essential lighting, HVAC systems in unoccupied areas, water heaters during peak demand periods, or any non-urgent electrical equipment.
For businesses, cutting consumption for non-critical loads during peak hours can lead to significant cost savings by capitalizing on lower electricity rates during off-peak times. It also helps to ease the burden on the electrical grid, reducing the risk of blackouts or voltage fluctuations during peak demand periods.
Despite a variety of renewable energy options available, solar energy is still the simplest way to go green. Through the use of renewable sources like solar power, building owners can reduce their reliance on the grid, allowing them to be more autonomous and resilient during peak hours.
However, since golden hours (optimal sun exposure for solar energy) and peak hours do not coincide, the incorporation of an energy storage system becomes crucial.
Energy storage systems are essential companions to solar setups, especially during peak solar production periods. While solar power is a valuable renewable energy source, its generation is dependent on sunlight availability, which may not always align with peak demand periods. This mismatch highlights the need for a reliable storage system to store excess solar energy during non-peak hours and release it during high-demand periods.
Read Why do you need an energy storage system to understand how to build up more self-sufficient installations.
By integrating energy storage solutions like batteries, businesses can harness surplus solar power and utilize it precisely when electricity costs are at their highest. This strategy enhances energy self-sufficiency but also contributes to a more balanced and resilient electricity grid, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and bolstering sustainability efforts.
A good way to maximize the usage of batteries is by using them with controllers. This type of situation is best handled by our ePowerControl ES for small-scale applications or ePowerControl MC for larger hybrid power plants.
Managing peak hours and implementing time-of-use strategies with the help of controllers is a smart and effective way to optimize solar energy usage. By smartly managing energy production and consumption, businesses and building owners can optimize energy usage, reduce costs, and enhance grid resilience.
In part two, we will delve into the significance of solar controllers in optimizing solar + storage systems to overcome peak hour challenges. Discover how these controllers contribute to maximizing the usage of batteries, leading to more efficient and sustainable energy solutions.
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