Is an off-grid and/or hybrid power system right for you?
With growing energy bills affecting farms and businesses, there's a growing trend to look at reducing those bills with renewable energy supplies such as installing
solar PV panels, but there's another potential solution which suits a lot of firms - particularly if they are in remote areas - and that's to install off-grid power supply
systems as well as hybrid power systems.
Off-grid power supply
Off-grid power supply systems offer a complete electricity supply to remote farmsteads or commercial buildings that do not have access to the National Grid. As solar
is an intermittent fuel source, a back-up generator ensures 100% reliability even when there is a long period of bad weather. No special permits are needed for off-grid
power supply systems from the electricity distribution companies so these energy sources make for a convenient addition to a client's current power supply.
Back-up power source
Having a back-up power source is an ideal solution for those places that do not have access to a reliable source of power. In addition, off-grid power supply systems
offer users a clean and uninterruptible back-up power source which is more effective than traditional systems that offer uninterruptible power supply, also known as UPS.
Another attraction for clients is that the excess generated energy can help lower consumption while maintaining battery reserves should there be grid supply shortages.
Hybrid power supply systems not only provide a reliable power source but can also feed any excess generated energy into the National Grid. The systems can also be
configured to boost self-consumption, which makes them the ideal choice for clients who would prefer to use electricity from the National Grid while sending the system's
excess production the other way. Where grid connections are available this solution makes for an ideal choice. However, their capacity might be restricted allowing a
combination of grid, solar and diesel generator back-up power. These systems are also very useful if you often experience grid outages and your power requirements are
Large and distributed On/Off-grid systems
For larger electricity consumers, such as remote factories and farms, quarries and telecommunication base stations as well as remote villages that have distributed power
generation, hybrid power solutions from Discover Energy will provide a reliable and flexible energy source that is compatible with other energy sources, including back-up
The term 'Peak shaving' is used to describe how energy users can reduce their energy costs by lowering their consumption during peak times when electricity payment rates
are at their highest by lowering their electricity supply rating. An installed energy storage system from Discover Energy allows for the storage of the electricity produced
by the solar PV system or harvested from the grid in off-peak periods for the purpose of consumption during peak times. A perfect solution for medium and large industry
Clients wanting significant reductions to their energy costs can do so by connecting a solar photovoltaic system from Discover Energy to an electricity generator which will
help reduce their dependence on expensive fuel supply.
For more information about the potential of an off-grid and/or hybrid power system for your farm or business then contact the experts at Discover Energy who can deliver
energy savings, sustainability and the opportunity of generating energy on-site