Sharp has chosen to integrate the Energy Toolbase software program into its operations as the company’s preference for those looking to determine the peak demand savings that they can expect via installation of Sharp’s energy storage systems.
As a result of the integration, users will now be able to easily and accurately estimate the savings accompanying SmartStorage projects — whether standalone system projects or those integrated with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.
Owing to the fact that peak demand charges in Australia (and many other places) represent a substantial portion of many companies’ electricity bills, the ability to minimize peak demand use is of great interest to many — hence the move by Sharp to better advertise these potential savings via simpler estimation tools.
“Proposals for energy storage can be time consuming to create,” stated Kirk Stokes, Director of Sales in Sharp’s newly formed Energy Systems and Services Group. “The complexity and variety of utility rate structures, which change frequently, can make it challenging to verify accuracy of any customer proposal delivered. Energy Toolbase allows Sharp’s project allies to quickly generate proposals that accurately and professionally depict the savings benefits the SmartStorage system will deliver to their customer’s facility. Energy Toolbase’s automation allows for immediate customer specific proposal generation without significant overhead, complexity or commitment of valuable man hours.”
Solar Power World Online explains:
Peak demand charges are also difficult to predict, making it frustrating for most commercial and industrial customers to understand what drives their peak demand usage or how to evaluate the financial benefits of reducing demand. Sharp’s project development and installation allies can now quickly and accurately gain insight into electricity demand savings that a proposed customer installation can realize. Energy Toolbase can be used to instantaneously quote projects and quantify returns on investment (ROI) of Sharp’s SmartStorage system.
“Sharp is one of the most esteemed names in the energy storage market, so we’re honored to be integrating directly with them,” commented John Gurski, founder and CEO of Energy Toolbase. “Developers have repeatedly told us that they want tools to analyze energy storage projects for themselves. This integration delivers that. It enables a developer to instantly and transparently analyze the projects’ economics, using Sharp SmartStorage hardware and software control strategies together. We think this integration could serve as a template for energy storage project development on the customer-side-of-the-meter, as the market scales up.”
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