Just like it sounds, On-Site Generation consists of a solar system, either ground mount or roof mount, that is installed directly on the property. Many of these projects are located in markets that have net metering laws but that is not a requirement. In the case where there is no net metering, the system production will be engineered to be entirely below the load curve of the customer.
VIRTUAL NET METERED GENERATION
Much like “community solar”, Virtual Net Metering involves a larger distributed generation asset (hydro, wind, or solar), off site, with one or more customers buying a portion of the energy produced, or renting the project and receiving credits on their utility bill. This is a great option for customers without a suitable roof location or access to land.
Many virtal net metered customers are smaller businesses in larger cities, who can save significantly in the cost of their electricty in business model. This product is only available in markets that have the required regulatory framework.
Battery technology has advanced significanty in the past decade, while the cost of manufacturing certain batteries has continued to drop. This has allowed for many different business models to emerge using batteries with several applications or goals. They could be designed for cost savings, backup power, off grid, and or load shaping. Theses different business models can also be combined with the benefits of a solar project.
Hydro Power Stations
A common denominator in emerging markets is the outdated use of hydro power stations, big or small. We now have the unique ability to retrofit already existing stations with technology that can maximize its output. Where the original machinery was designed to output kilowatts, new technology can increase the energy generation to megawatts, effectively bringing new life to growing communities.