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Did you know that 90% of companies are losing countless dollars with inefficient & outdated equipment in their facilities?

Because equipment like this leads to needlessly high energy usage and costs, improving it in your facility provides increased ROI, boosted profitability, reduced carbon footprints and, most importantly, lower energy bills.

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Our Energy Services Division is dedicated to bringing efficiency to your business in a way that is both affordable and simple by helping you navigate & implement energy conservation and facility improvement programs. This is more than just a service; we become an extension of your organization so we can carry out a project that is the perfect fit for your business and helps you achieve your budget & sustainability goals.

Our process is simple:

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We first work with you to identify areas in your facility that could be running more effectively and efficiently, aligning with you to better understand underperforming mechanical/electrical equipment.

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From here, we work with you to understand your budget goals, financing requirements, savings metrics, etc. as well as work with our Efficiency Partners to analyze your facility and usage to see what types of upgrades will help optimize your building’s performance.

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We then help you select the technology that would be most beneficial for your facility and work proactively with your local utility to maximize program incentives based on equipment options.

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Next, we work on providing different financing options to that are in line with your business needs while maximizing ROI.

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Then, our Efficiency Partners begin to implement and install the project, providing you with visibility all along in the process.

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Once the implementation is complete, we then work to position your new electricity and natural gas agreements so you can capture the benefits from your project.

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Once the project is complete, we provide ongoing support to ensure your building operations are running smoothly. If we do a study and find you wouldn’t benefit from efficiency programs, we will let you know!

The savings from these types of projects are astronomical. In 2018 alone, we were able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,353,829 lbs and saved our clients over $218,500!

Below is a brief overview of some of our most popular efficiency programs. While these are the most commonly implemented programs, we can work through virtually any efficiency project to ensure you meet your sustainability goals.

The 5 step process to implementing a Demand Response program and how it works

When the demand for energy is outpacing the electricity supply on the grid, certain users in Demand Response programs can be called upon to curtail their usage. These programs are very beneficial to participating users because they are compensated for their curtailment actions!  Businesses involved in these programs also experience reduced capacity price component costs, better operational reliability, increased safety protocols, receive funds for other business projects or internal resources, and much more.

Examples of distributed generation: A wind turbine, solar panel, fuel cell, and geothermal energy

Distributed Generation (DG) is grid-connected technology that can run independently as it generates and stores electrical power for the user’s building. This type of generation can take place locally with larger, decentralized renewable energy technology (wind turbines, geothermal technology, solar fields, etc.) or with technology right at the user’s location. 

Distributed Generation devices are typically small, modular fuel cell or gas-powered generators (similar to backup generators) or smaller renewable energy generators (solar panels, etc.) that have enough juice to power some or all of the building. Certain distributed generation devices can even produce additional revenue streams for the user. DG systems provide reliable, inexpensive, and more efficient power as well as minimize environmental impact like habit disruption and greenhouse gas emissions.

A diagram of a microgrid depicting how it works and powers a geographical area

Microgrids, a type of distributed generation, are self-contained power systems that are used to power a small geographic area. While they are connected to the centralized grid, they can be disconnected from it to power buildings in its area. From solar panels & wind turbines to fuel cells for storage and more, there are a variety of systems that can generate power for a microgrid.

Often used in remote areas, military operations, and industrial projects, they are increasingly being used in cities/towns, urban centers, college & corporate campuses, hospitals, and data centers.  They provide higher energy efficiency, minimize overall energy consumption, and reduce the impact on the environment. Microgrids are also beneficial to the centralized grid as they help relieve congestion and reduce power losses.

A solar energy farm used to generate electricity

The concept of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy is simple: panels capture the sun’s energy and convert it into electricity for a building. When excess electricity is created that is not needed to power the building, the extra is sent back to the grid. 

Solar energy has little impact on the environment and offers multiple tax incentives, federal grants and rebate programs that assist with initial costs.  Solar panels can be installed directly on a building as well as can be accessed through a shared, public solar field/farm on the grid through a process called virtual net metering (varies per state/utility).

An example of an energy efficient fluorescent lightbulb

Upgrading a building’s old and outdated lighting may not seem like a big deal, however, the fact that you can reduce your energy usage by as much as 75% is the reason this is one of the most common efficiency enhancements organizations take advantage of first. Projects like upgrading to higher efficiency LED fixtures and implementing advanced lighting controls are some of the easiest and most cost-effective efficiency upgrades you can do in your building and can slash operation costs, reduce a building’s carbon footprint, significantly lower energy use, and much more. 

A diagram showing how cogeneration works to provide electricity to buildings

Combined Heat and Power Systems (CHP) or cogeneration is technology that generates electricity and captures the heat byproduct that would otherwise be wasted to create thermal energy. This thermal energy (like steam or hot water) can be used for heating, cooling, hot water, and industrial/manufacturing processes. 

CHP units can be used as a utility resource or installed at an individual building, typically at facilities where there is a need for both electricity and thermal energy. This equipment is energy efficient, environmentally friendly, economical, and very reliable.

A diagram of how a batter fuel cell generates electricity

Fuel Cells are electrochemical cells that transform chemical energy of fuels like hydrogen and oxygen into electricity through chemical reactions.  These types of fuel cells can continuously produce electricity as long as there is a steady supply of fuel (natural gas) and oxygen. 

While systems like this can be expensive, they are extremely green as they do not produce greenhouse gas emissions and provide reliable energy as they don’t need to be connected to a centralized grid. They are popular in remote locations where it is difficult to transmit electricity to.

Other Efficiency Programs & Services

We also work on a whole host of other efficiency programs not mentioned in this article! Some of the ones we most frequently help our clients navigate are HVAC Upgrades, Sustainability Programs, and Carbon Reduction Programs.

While figuring out what type of program would be the best fit for your business is an important aspect of our Energy Services Division’s work, we also help our clients find strategic and cost-effective ways to finance these programs. We understand that this part of the equation is sometimes the most convoluted piece to figure out, so we are committed to providing our clients with soup-to-nuts service, so every element of the program implementation is covered.

In short, making your facility more efficient, economical and sustainable is not as difficult as it seems when you have the right partner and the result benefits not only your business and employees, but the whole community!  To request a free consultation with our Energy Services Division to find out if your facility would benefit from an efficiency upgrade, let us know today.

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