California Sets Aside $700M for Energy Storage through SGIP

California continues to lead by putting money where its mouth is. On December 11, 2019, the PUC announced a substantial increase in funding for the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program. There is a new emphasis on low-income housing and areas impacted by the power shutoffs tied to wildfire prevention. At the same time, the Commercial and Industrial large-scale storage budget has also been increased to over $300M.

To get the incentive is a painful process. Adara knows first-hand the details of the 150-page SGIP Handbook and the very specific requirements from the Utilities to get the customer paid. Adara provides a variety of consulting services to help C&I customers save money through a right-sized solar and energy storage solution.

Adara Power installs SGIP-funded energy storage at California almond farm

Los Gatos, CA, USA,  November 15, 2018Adara Power, a privately-held commercial energy storage company, announces an SGIP-funded deployment and commissioning of an intelligent energy storage system at Violich Farms in Orland, CA.  The California Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides financial incentives for the installation of energy storage in order to reduce green-house gas emissions and improve the stability of the grid. Adara Power partnered with Chico Electric, an electrical and solar general contractor, to design, build and commission the 330kWh lithium-ion battery coupled to a 175kW solar array. The energy storage system discharges during peak electricity usage and saves money through reduced demand charges.

Violich Farms manages 9000 acres of almond and walnut orchards in the Sacramento Valley of California. “The Adara Power energy storage system provides Violich Farms with the flexibility to run our operations at any time on clean, sustainable energy without the penalty of high on-peak energy and demand charges,” stated Julia Violich, CFO, Violich Farms. “Partnering with Adara Power and Chico Electric and supported by SGIP enabled us to accelerate the deployment of a clean, cost-effective solution right-sized to our needs.”

California farmers and commercial building owners are deploying energy storage to reduce peak demand charges and on-peak energy usage from large motors, air conditioning and heavy equipment.  New time of use electricity rates have moved the peak period to 8pm or 9pm in California.  This creates a situation where solar alone does not have the same benefit it once had.  Now solar plus storage is the right technology combination to reduce customer electricity bills and at the same time help the overall grid by reducing peak electricity requirements across the state.

“Our client was looking to reduce the costs of their ongoing operations, a significant portion of which was electricity demand charges for their irrigation pump loads.  Teaming with Adara brought battery expertise to the table throughout the entire process and ultimately we delivered the right solution to Violich Farms, said Norm Nielsen, CEO, Chico Electric.”

Adara Power works with trusted solar and electrical contractors as their commercial energy storage partner.  The Adara team, with experience in electrochemisty, controls systems and cloud software provides the technical expertise to analyze, design and build the most practical energy storage system to maximize the customer’s return on investment.

To learn more about Adara’s commercial energy storage solutions and financing options, please visit www.adarapower.com.

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About Adara Power

Founded in 2013, Adara Power is committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected solar energy storage for renewable energy. Adara Power’s Energy Storage Solutions are designed to support consumer self-consumption and enable a resilient, renewable energy grid in order to power a cleaner, sustainable planet. For more information, visit www.adarapower.com.

About Chico Electric

A Northern California Electrical Contractor since 1960.  A recognized leader in electrical contracting, photovoltaic (PV) solar systems planning, engineering, and installation, Chico Electric has implemented PV Solar for customers in agriculture, food processing, manufacturing and education. Installations include industry leading projects, such as Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, one of the largest roof-top PV Solar installations in the nation and Butte Community College, the first college in the nation to achieve grid-positive solar generation. For more information, visit www.chicoelectric.com.

About Violich Farms

Violich Farms was founded in 1987 with the purchase of a 200-acre ranch on which to grow almonds.  Over the past two decades, Violich Farms has become one of the largest growers of almonds and walnuts in the United States.  Today, the company operates approximately 9000 acres of company-owned and leased land in the Sacramento Valley of California.

Visualizing the Race for Clean Energy

VisualCapitalist.com created yet another great visualization of energy related matters.  The main takeaway for Adara is where the investment is going and which geographies are leading the way.  Renewable energy outpaced all other new electricity deployments and costs continue to fall.  Noticeably absent is fuel cell technology which despite the hype from several VC-backed companies is always “10+ years away”  due to overall efficiency, poor fuel supply and technical limitations.

Latest Analysis of Project Costs in California’s SGIP Program

The SGIP data is remarkable in that it is the only large data set of true energy storage costs at the installed project level.  There are over 900 projects in the Large Scale Storage category. We took a look at all of these projects which comprise equipment from 38 manufacturers.  The chart below shows the cost per kWh at the project level for all companies that have at least 500kWh of projects.  This reinforces Adara’s competitive approach to finding the best equipment, delivering cost effective software controls and not gouging our customers.  On top of this, Adara has been very successful at moving these projects through the process so our customers get paid.  The second chart shows how much money is in each stage. To get past the Proof of Project Milestone (PPM) Draft stage you need a signed contract from the customer.  A lot of work goes into the Technical Review in advance of this and Adara is there through the entire progress to shepard these projects through.

SGIP Large Scale Project Costs

 

 

SGIP funds by stage

Adara to present at CALSEIA Contractor Day in San Diego

CALSEIA

Neil Maguire, CEO of Adara Power will present at CALSEIA Contractor Day in San Diego on January 25th 2018.  Register Here

CALSEIA’s Contractor Days are California’s premier training events that bring together contractors, developers and EPCs, with thought leaders in the manufacturing, system development, and services sectors.

2018 Training Topics

  • Home Energy Management Tools
  • Smarter Inverters
  • Energy Storage Technologies
  • IOU Rate Structures, including storage
  • Permitting, including storage

Adara Power to Announce New Commercial and Industrial Energy Storage Products at CALSEIA Contractor Day

LOS GATOS, CALIF.  JANUARY 15, 2018 Adara Power, a privately-held Silicon Valley company committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected energy storage, will introduce its new commercial and industrial energy storage solutions at the California Solar Energy Industries Association (CALSEIA) Contractor Day, January 25th in San Diego. Adara Power will lead the discussion on commercial energy storage applications and discuss the significant financial opportunities with the California Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).

CALSEIA’s Contractor Days are California’s premier training events that bring together contractors, developers and EPCs, with thought leaders in the manufacturing, system development, and services sectors. Training topics include smart inverters, energy storage technologies, electricity tariffs related to energy storage and permitting.

Adara Power is one of the leading manufacturers in the SGIP program, with energy storage systems deployed in all major utilities in California. The SGIP program can pay up to 50% of the cost of a typical project. Adara Power guides contractors, developers and end-customers through the complex process to successfully fulfill the program requirements with an accelerated timeline. Adara Power solutions reduce costs across a spectrum of today’s electrical markets, designed to counter high demand charges and time-of-use rates, while also qualifying for SGIP program, the federal investment tax credit (ITC) and new accelerated depreciation introduced with the recent tax reform bill. Adara Power clients realize short payback periods, while also benefitting from the added resiliency of backup power and sustainable renewable power.

Adara Power commercial and industrial solutions are deployed on the customer side of the meter and range in size from 30kW | 65kWh to 1MW | 2MWh. Return on investment varies based on electricity tariff schedule and site electrical usage. Adara Power provides up-front bill modeling and design support for contractors, developers and EPCs and acts as their in-house subject matter experts in battery technologies.

Ideal end-customer attributes are:

  • High on-peak demand charges, greater than $12/kW
  • Substantial energy use in the evening peak periods
  • Minimum electricity bill of $3000 per month
  • Resiliency needs for important back-up loads

Renewable energy installers can also join the Adara Partner Program at http://www.adarapower.com. The Partner Program is designed to rapidly launch medium and large regional solar installers into the energy storage market, supplementing their solar installations and providing sales and installation training for the Adara Power solutions.

About Adara Power
Founded in 2013, Adara Power is committed to providing safe, reliable, intelligent, and connected solar energy storage for commercial and residential renewable energy. Adara Power’s Energy Storage Solutions are designed to support consumer self-consumption and enable a resilient, renewable energy grid in order to power a cleaner, sustainable planet. For more information, visit http://www.adarapower.com and follow us on Twitter: @adarapower.