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2024 Energy as a Service [EaaS]

Energy as a Service Diagram

Energy as a Service is a comprehensive energy management solution encompassing several different ways for businesses to allocate their needs and capacity to generate or store energy. 

The 3 most common ways commercial, and industrial energy is implemented are through rooftop PV panel systems, battery storage, and EV chargers. One of the most promising approaches is Energy as a Service (EaaS), a model that allows companies to outsource their energy requirements. This business model is transformative when integrated with energy systems. Explore how EaaS leverages these components to create a more resilient, cost-effective, and eco-friendly energy solution for small and large businesses.

The Role of Commercial Solar Systems in EaaS

Commercial solar systems are a natural fit for the EaaS model. They provide a renewable, cost-effective energy source that can be optimized and easily maintained. Here’s how the integration of solar panels, batteries, and EV chargers can revolutionize energy management for businesses.

1. Solar Panels: Harnessing Abundant Renewable Energy

Solar panels can be the cornerstone of any energy system. By capturing sunlight and converting it into electricity, solar panels provide a clean and sustainable energy source that reduces reliance on fossil fuels and lowers energy costs. Incorporating solar panels stabilizes the power supply while gaining commercial energy independence.

Benefits of Solar Panels in EaaS:

  • Cost Savings: Solar energy can significantly reduce electricity bills, especially during peak usage times when energy rates are highest.

  • Sustainability: Utilizing solar power helps businesses reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to environmental conservation while enhancing long-term vitality for the brand. 

  • Energy Independence: Solar panels provide a degree of energy independence, protecting businesses from fluctuations in energy prices and supply disruptions.

2. EV Chargers: Supporting the Transition to Electric Vehicles

As electric vehicles (EVs) become more prevalent, businesses are increasingly installing EV chargers to support their employees and customers. Since 2023 there has been a new regulation regarding mandatory EV charging stations for businesses hosting project costs greater than $100,000. Be sure that you are in line with all industrial clean-energy laws. Additionally, integrating EV chargers into a commercial solar system enhances sustainability and provides additional value to the business.

Benefits of EV Chargers in EaaS:

  • Attracting Customers and Employees: Providing EV chargers can attract eco-conscious customers and employees, enhancing the company’s reputation and appeal.

  • Sustainability Goals: Offering EV charging supports broader sustainability goals by encouraging the use of electric vehicles while abiding by corporate regulations. 

  • Revenue Generation: Businesses can monetize EV charging stations by offering them to the public, creating an additional revenue stream.

3. Batteries: Ensuring Energy Reliability

Batteries' stored energy can be used for several purposes. During periods of low sunlight or high demand,   they provide a consistent and reliable power supply. With batteries, companies can utilize peak shaving to aid in reducing energy costs. Commercial battery systems can help businesses avoid these high costs by supplying stored energy during peak periods. Another component of EaaS, battery backup helps businesses ensure energy reliability. Corporations can now continue their operations without interruption, even in the event of a power failure. Battery systems can also optimize grid interactions with demand response. Demand response programs provide stored energy when needed and reduce reliance on the grid.

Benefits of Batteries in EaaS:

  • Energy Storage: Batteries allow businesses to store excess solar energy for later use, maximizing the efficiency of their solar panels.

  • Peak Shaving: A technique used to reduce the amount of energy drawn from the grid during periods of high demand, known as peak hours. 

  • Backup Power: In case of grid outages, batteries provide a backup power source, ensuring continuous operations and preventing costly downtime.

  • Demand Response: By providing the utility with energy as needed in peak demand period, EaaS owner can receive substantial final incentives. 

The combination of solar panels, batteries, and EV chargers creates an effect that maximizes the benefits of each component. Solar panels generate renewable energy, batteries store this energy for reliable use, and EV chargers enable businesses to support external operations with an internal supply. Together, these elements create a comprehensive energy solution that enhances efficiency and sustainability. Commercial solar battery systems offer a robust solution for businesses looking to optimize energy management. By leveraging peak shaving, battery backup, and demand response, companies can achieve significant cost savings, ensure energy reliability, and contribute to grid stability. 

Energy as a Service (EaaS) represents a shift in how businesses manage their energy needs. By integrating commercial solar systems with solar panels, batteries, and EV chargers, companies can achieve more sustainable, reliable, and cost-effective energy solutions. This also positions businesses at the forefront of the transition to a cleaner and greener future. Embrace the future of energy management with EaaS and unlock the full potential of your commercial solar system.

Smart Roofs walks each of our partners through the process in order to help you keep money in your pockets. Offerings include commercial solar system design, rooftop & ground mount solar PV, carports, EV chargers, batteries, solar farms, and more. Reach out for a business energy audit and find out how much you can save with our all-in-one Energy as a Service.


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