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Sprig Electric Pioneers a One, Two Solar Punch in Silicon Valley to Dramatically Reduce Energy Costs
Sprig Electric is among the first electrical contractors in the nation to pair Tesla’s Powerpack battery system with a commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system to optimize energy savings.
By: Sprig Electric
The components of the system include 1,177 solar panels that are spread over 20,000 square feet of the building’s roof top. The 500kWh/250 kW Tesla Powerpack battery system is installed in the Sprig Electric parking lot and is connected to the grid and the PV system. In addition to five 100 kW Powerpack commercial batteries, the system includes a 250 kW inverter and a DC combiner. The footprint is approximately 10’ x 16’.
The Powerpack system maximizes consumption of on-site solar power, avoids peak electrical charges, and facilitates the purchase of energy when it is the cheapest. It acts as an energy storage system for grid power and the photovoltaic system, significantly increasing the utility cost savings that Sprig Electric will realize from using solar electricity alone, thus cutting utility bills by as much as 80-95%.
Customers can use the battery’s stored electricity to reduce peak demand. The batteries are regulated to charge during a low demand period when a surplus of energy is available. They then discharge their stored power when demand is high and the rates are high. This makes for additional savings and lowers the utility bill.
The installation at Sprig Electric headquarters is regulated by a sophisticated control system, which looks at building loads, the amount of energy the panels are producing, and the amount of power that’s stored in the battery. It then shifts power around appropriately based on those conditions.
The recently commissioned combo PV/battery storage system installed at Sprig Electric generated 6.7 MWh of energy and saved 4.94 tons of carbon dioxide in the first 8 wintery days.
“We are extremely happy at how this combo solar system has performed in its first week,” says Michael Clifton, engineering/
The Powerpack is based on lithium ion battery technology. The batteries’ modular design is adapted from the technology used in those for Tesla's electric cars. The Powerpack is a scalable system which can be expanded by connecting additional Powerpacks, and inverters up to 100’s of MW.
Clifton said Sprig Electric chose to procure the Tesla Powerpack system because of Tesla Energy’s clear lead in battery technology. “Tesla is solid in their battery technology,”
For more information, contact Michael Clifton, operations manager for Sprig Electric’s Energy Efficiency Division at 408.298.3134 x207 or email at email@example.com.
About Sprig Electric
Sprig Electric is a full-service electrical and data contractor that designs and installs electrical, data/communications, and fire alarm systems for a variety of applications including commercial, residential, educational, life sciences, high-tech, data center, healthcare, institutional, retail, sports, entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing, site development, alternative energy, and energy audit/efficiency. The Sprig Electric Energy Solution Division specializes in the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Services include energy audits/efficiency, along with installation of solar photovoltaic and battery storage systems. For more information visit Sprig Electric’s website at www.sprigelectric.com (http://cts.businesswire.com/