June 18, 2024

Emergency Backup Generation, Cost Stabilization, Reduced Downtime – The Value of Resiliency for Commercial and Industrial Facilities 

As energy consumers are considering their options for implementing onsite clean energy assets, resiliency as a value stream is incredibly beneficial and often increases the overall value of a system. As businesses face increasing pressures from climate change, regulatory demands, and market volatility, the ability to maintain steady, reliable, and sustainable energy supply has become a critical competitive advantage. 

What Does It Mean When An Onsite Energy System Offers Resiliency?

Resiliency in the context of energy systems refers to the capacity to withstand and quickly recover from disruptions that come from natural disasters, cyber-attacks, equipment failures, market fluctuations and more. For commercial and industrial customers, resiliency ensures operational continuity, protects against financial losses, and supports long-term sustainability goals. Onsite clean energy assets, such as solar panels, wind turbines, energy storage systems, and combined heat and power (CHP) units, play a crucial role in enhancing energy resiliency. When structured appropriately, assets that offer stored or onsite baseline generation can help facilities keep critical operations up and running even when the grid is down. 

These systems provide several key benefits including: 

  • Energy Independence: By generating their own power, businesses reduce dependence on the grid and are better insulated from external power outages. This independence is particularly valuable during extreme weather events or grid failures. As weather events trend towards increasing severity and the aging centralized grid faces growing demand, having onsite generation capability is extremely valuable. 
  • Cost Stability: Onsite energy production can shield businesses from volatile energy prices. By generating a portion of their energy needs, companies can better predict and manage energy costs, leading to more stable financial planning.
  • Environmental Impact: Generating power from clean energy sources reduces greenhouse gas emissions, helping businesses meet regulatory requirements and corporate sustainability targets. This not only enhances brand reputation, but also aligns with the increasing demand from consumers and stakeholders for responsible business practices. Customers benefit from reduced downtime in the event of an emergency – which either means production is back up and running more quickly, or there will be ongoing access to critical operations within the facility.
  • Operational Continuity: In critical sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, and data centers, uninterrupted power supply is essential. Onsite energy solutions, combined with energy storage, ensure continuous operations even during grid outages for complete facilities or at minimum, the key components of operations necessary for customer/tenant/user requirements. 

Resiliency Against Weather and Natural Disasters

One of the most compelling reasons for commercial and industrial customers to invest in resilient energy systems is the increasing frequency and severity of weather-related disruptions. Natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, wildfires and severe storms can cause widespread power outages, significantly impacting business operations.

Onsite clean energy systems equipped with energy storage can maintain power during and after a natural disaster, reducing downtime. For instance, a manufacturing plant with solar panels and battery storage can continue to operate even when the external power grid is down, ensuring that production schedules are maintained and revenue losses are minimized. Critical facilities such as hospitals, data centers and emergency response centers cannot afford to lose power, even for a short period. Onsite clean energy solutions, often integrated with backup generators, provide a reliable source of power during emergencies. This capability is crucial for maintaining essential services, safeguarding data and ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals.

Strategies for Integrating Resilient Clean Energy Solutions

To maximize the benefits of resiliency, businesses must adopt strategic approaches to integrating onsite clean energy systems. Effective energy planning considers all aspects of energy use, including consumption patterns, peak demand periods, and potential vulnerabilities. A comprehensive energy assessment and energy roadmap can identify the most effective clean energy solutions and integration points. A diversified mix of onsite renewable energy sources, combined with energy storage and backup systems, ensures greater resiliency. For example, pairing solar panels with battery storage can provide power even when sunlight is not available. Advanced energy management systems enable real-time monitoring and control of energy assets. These systems optimize energy use, predict and respond to disruptions and ensure efficient operation of all energy components. 

GridMarket has extensive experience helping commercial and industrial customers navigate regulatory requirements, secure funding, and implement best practices for resiliency. We understand how to structure clean energy systems to ensure the value of resilient generation supports the needs of an individual facility or portfolio.

Conclusion

As commercial and industrial customers navigate the complexities of the modern energy landscape, the integration of resilient onsite clean energy assets emerges as a vital strategy. By enhancing energy independence, stabilizing costs, reducing environmental impact, and ensuring operational continuity, these systems provide a robust foundation for sustainable growth and competitive advantage. Embracing resiliency through innovative energy solutions is not just a response to challenges but positions companies to be leaders in the clean energy space.

Ready to learn more about your opportunities to increase operational resiliency and capture all the value from clean energy systems? Contact GridMarket today!

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