Ampt | September 17, 2022
Ampt, the world’s #1 DC optimizer company for large-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems, announced that its products have been integrated into the Energy Storage modeling software solution from Fractal, a leading energy storage and renewable energy consulting and engineering firm. Users of the Fractal Model software can now model their photovoltaic (PV) solar-plus-storage projects including Ampt String Optimizers to design lower cost and higher performing systems.
Fractal’s energy storage software solution – the Fractal Model – is used globally by electric utilities, IPPs, developers, EPCs, and integrators to perform battery storage sizing, dispatch and financial analysis. The software consists of a technoeconomic modeling platform used during project design and development, due diligence and RFP evaluation to provide investment-grade performance and cost analysis and simulations. Following today’s announcement, users of Fractal software are now able to model systems with Ampt String Optimizers.
Ampt String Optimizers are DC/DC converters that improve system performance and lower the cost of PV power plants and DC-coupled energy storage systems. Ampt’s innovative technology is used in a variety of PV solar applications with products ranging in power up to 70 kW that are used in system voltages up to 1500 VDC. With over 1 GW of optimizers in solar-plus-storage projects, Ampt powers some of the largest hybrid power plants in the world.
“Fractal is committed to providing its customers with access to the most comprehensive modeling capabilities, We are pleased to include Ampt products in our software to expand the options available to our users when optimizing their PV and energy storage systems.”
-Judy McElroy, CEO of Fractal Energy Storage Consultants
Fractal Energy Storage Consultants provides technical design, financial analysis, procurement, buy and sell side due diligence, technoeconomic models, controls integration and owner’s engineer services for energy storage and hybrid projects. Fractal has provided consulting services including technical design and financial analysis to over 600 utility-scale projects and more than 6 GW of battery storage.
“Fractal’s software provides investment-grade modeling capabilities to optimize the design and improve the economics of PV+storage power plants, Now developers can also use Fractal’s software to quantify the benefits of Ampt’s fixed-voltage DC architecture.”
-Levent Gun, Ampt CEO
Ampt is exhibiting at RE+ on September 20-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Please visit us in booth 1252 to learn about our award-winning products including our new i50 String Optimizer which will be on display. Visitors to Ampt’s booth also can see a demonstration of Fractal’s energy storage modeling software.
Ampt delivers innovative power conversion and communication technology that are used to lower the cost and improve performance of new PV systems, repower existing systems, and enable lower cost DC-coupled storage. With installations and experience serving markets around the world, Ampt is the number one DC optimizer company for large-scale systems. The company is headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado and has sales and support locations in North America, Europe, and Japan as well as representation in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.ampt.com.
Sunnova Energy | September 23, 2022
Sunnova Energy International Inc. ("Sunnova") (NYSE: NOVA), a leading U.S. Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider, announced that it is expanding its energy service offerings to the commercial solar market.Leveraging the Company’s extensive experience in residential solar, Sunnova is expanding into the commercial market to serve the commercial, industrial, agricultural, commercial real estate, non-profit, and public sectors to help business customers become more sustainable and resilient while also providing budget certainty in the face of rising utility rates.
Entry into the commercial sector is supported by the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act, which is expected to increase deployment of commercial solar projects by 20% over the next five years, according to the SEIA/Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables U.S. Solar Market Insight report. With the expansion of Sunnova’s energy services into the underserved commercial market, businesses will be able to take control of their energy costs by transitioning to solar, gaining resilient backup power, and tapping into available revenue streams such as selling excess solar energy back to the grid or participating in local grid services.
“Electricity usage can be one of the biggest and most unpredictable costs facing businesses, and unexpectedly losing power due to a utility outage can create additional expense and hardship,We see a significant growth opportunity in the commercial solar market that is a natural extension of our market-leading services on the residential side. We look forward to providing businesses with solutions that will reduce their energy costs and provide local energy generation, as well as insights and control. Our systems offer protection against utility power outages with integrated battery storage, and the ability to reduce carbon emissions. We have helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners across the country realize the benefits of solar and now we will be helping companies adapt to an ever-changing energy landscape by transforming into Sunnova Adaptive Businesses™.”
-William J. (John) Berger, founder and CEO at Sunnova.
With a total addressable market of approximately 145GW that is only 5% penetrated, according to Wood Mackenzie, Sunnova will be leveraging its network of dealers who have wanted to sell commercial solar, or who already do, to facilitate a rapid market entry.
We are excited to enter this underserved sector of the market to help businesses manage their energy needs with a differentiated and innovative approach,” said Michael Grasso, EVP, Chief Marketing and Growth Officer at Sunnova. “Sunnova will offer businesses a complete suite of energy technologies, finance options, and services tailored to meet their specific energy needs, business goals, and local utility rate structures. This expansion of our service offerings will allow us to do for business customers what we have done for residential customers—provide a better energy service at a better price through our new adaptive business technology solutions and 25-year service guarantee, the Sunnova Protect® Business plan.
Sunnova will also provide flexible financing options for systems starting at 50kW that are catered to the preferences and tax status of each business.
Sunnova Energy International Inc. (NYSE: NOVA) is leading U.S. Energy as a Service (EaaS) provider with customers across the U.S. and its territories. Sunnova's goal is to be the source of clean, affordable and reliable energy with a simple mission: to power energy independence so that homeowners have the freedom to live life uninterrupted®.
For more information, please visit sunnova.com
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Bloom Energy | September 22, 2022
Taylor Farms, North America’s largest producer of healthy fresh foods, has partnered with Bloom Energy (NYSE: BE), Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE: AMRC) and Concept Clean Energy to install a microgrid capable of taking one of their California food processing facilities completely off the traditional energy grid. The energy leaders plan to combine six megawatts (MW) of Bloom fuel cells, 2MW of solar power from Concept Clean Energy and a 2MW/4MWh battery into a microgrid that is designed to power the entire 450,000 sq. ft. facility in San Juan Bautista, California.Taylor Farms’ commitment to providing healthy fresh foods year-round to customers and consumers cannot be disrupted amid energy reliability challenges.
This collaboration combines the strength of each technology – fuel cells’ ability to generate resilient, always-on power, daytime power generation from solar, and energy storage benefits from batteries – to fulfill the facility’s 24/7 power needs completely, independently, and cost-effectively. While microgrids are often implemented only to provide power to critical loads in the event of outages, Taylor Farms seeks to prove that companies can, with partners like Bloom Energy, Ameresco, and Concept Clean Energy, take control of all their energy needs and establish price and power predictability.
“We are looking forward to the energy stability this will provide our San Juan Bautista, California facility,Fresh food reliability is essential for our customers and it’s more critical than ever to provide quality, fresh foods to North Americans.”
-Bruce Taylor, Chairman and CEO, Taylor Farms.
Per the California Independent System Operator, it is estimated that the state faces an energy capacity shortfall of 1,700MW, which could be as high as 5,000MW if California is hit with multiple extreme events at the same time, such as wildfires and heat waves. With the flexibility to leverage the right technology for the right application, companies can now avoid relying on strained power grids, as Bloom Energy and Ameresco aim to provide always-on power for Taylor Farms.
Our partnership with Taylor Farms and Ameresco is a landmark demonstration of the capabilities that innovative, clean energy companies have to provide uninterrupted low-carbon power to large-scale facilities,” said Sharelynn Moore, EVP, Chief Business Development and Marketing Officer, Bloom Energy. “Our decade-long relationship with Taylor Farms is culminating in this leading application of what a microgrid can do – enabling America’s largest producer of packaged produce to maintain and improve the reliability of their power.
This journey builds on Taylor Farms’ relationship with Bloom Energy and is intended to allow the produce distributor to explore disconnecting from the regional power grid amid energy price escalations and reliability challenges.
“Ameresco is excited to partner with Bloom and Taylor Farms on a truly transformative project that demonstrates innovation in advanced energy technologies,We look forward to this project serving as a blueprint for others as the role for baseload, dispatchable alternative energy sources serve as the cornerstone for resiliency in microgrids.”
-Ameresco EVP Michael Bakas.
Working with Taylor Farms' leadership has inspired Concept Clean Energy to develop highly innovative and versatile solutions for solar canopies, rooftops and ground-mounted applications,” said Elliot Jaramillo, CEO, Clean Concept Energy. “We're enabling Taylor Farms to achieve energy independence and realize unprecedented economic returns
Energy solutions, including fuel cells and solar, can be integrated at scale, to provide low-carbon energy, reliability, resiliency, and immunity to challenges facing current grid operations.
At Taylor Farms, Bloom and its partners are paving the way for decarbonizing production, while showing how industries like agriculture, an important part of the California and national economies and the fifth largest source of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, can reach net-zero.
Bloom Energy empowers businesses and communities to responsibly take charge of their energy. The company’s leading solid oxide platform for distributed generation of electricity and hydrogen is changing the future of energy. Fortune 100 companies around the world turn to Bloom Energy as a trusted partner to deliver lower carbon energy today and a net-zero future. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.
About Taylor Farms
Taylor Farms is a leading North American producer of salads and healthy fresh foods with production facilities across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Taylor Farms is grounded in a commitment to quality, assured supply, innovation, sustainability, and food safety. Taylor Farms is family owned and based in “The Salad Bowl of the World” Salinas, California. For more information, delicious recipes, and more visit www.taylorfarms.com and follow Taylor Farms on Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
About Ameresco, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) is a leading cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner and operator. Our comprehensive portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions delivered to clients throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services in support of clients’ pursuit of net-zero include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction, and operation of distributed energy resources. Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts, Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. For more information, visit www.ameresco.com.
About Concept Clean Energy
Concept Clean Energy is a leader in the field of renewable energy, primarily focused on the agricultural sector. Our team has created several proprietary solutions designed to maximize solar generation while keeping valuable land in production. These solutions allow heavy energy users, such as Taylor Farms, to produce large amounts of reliable clean power onsite, protect critical operations and ultimately achieve energy independence.