Remote Power has its Challenges

If your electric utility faces any of these challenges on remote circuits, contact us today to assess if distributed energy can provide a cost effective alternative:

  • Capital Expense: Rural electric utility capital budgets are growing to replace existing equipment at the expense of all utility customers, such as re-conductoring aging circuits and addressing ongoing pole inspection and replacement. Distributed energy can not only eliminate these costs, but can defer, reduce, or eliminate upstream capital expenses as loading on transformers, sub-stations, and feeders are reduced. 
  • Power Purchase: Distributed energy systems reduce wholesale energy purchase costs, and in most cases demand costs depending on the load.
  • Operations and Maintenance Costs: Remote circuits are normally located the farthest from utility service yards, requiring significant truck roll-time to reach remote outage or maintenance sites. As systems age, costs often grow too. DES can develop joint O&M plans, including monitoring of all systems at your facility.
  • Vegetation Management and Liability for Fire Starts: A number of rural utilities have been on the losing end of lawsuits over fire starts, increasing both utility tree trimming and insurance costs. Even then trees outside the utility right-of-way fall into distribution lines themselves or through a domino effect. Distributed energy eliminates remote power lines through forested areas, reducing these costs and liabilities.
  • Line Loss: I2R losses often add up 24/7. They are greatest on remote circuits powering large loads at lower voltages with smaller conductors. Distributed energy systems reduce or eliminate line loss.
  • Rights-of-Way: At times, extending circuits across private, tribal, or public lands entail significant permitting resources and great cost. Not needing to extend remote power lines over land owned by third parties can eliminate these costs, while even the knowledge can change the negotiation equation.
  • Reliability & Customer Service: Reliability is lowest at the end-of-the-line. Most rural utilities hold different uptime standards between its rural and more urban areas. Distributed energy can vastly improve reliability for end-of-the-line loads, greatly improving uptime and customer service.

REMOTE BUSINESS AND RESIDENTIAL POWER

If you or your business have remote power needs that require costly grid upgrades, or diesel generators requiring frequent maintenance, contact us today. We optimize solutions for remote business loads, determining the most cost-effective distributed energy systems for your power needs. Contact us today for a free consultation.