As Solar Installations Soar, Battery Systems Gain Popularity

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by Chris May, Sales Director, East Coast, Russell Pacific

 

Demand for battery backup systems and generators spikes after utility grid outages.  I’ve personally witnessed multiple surges in demand for backup systems having worked for solar contractors and distributors since 2007.  Hurricane Maria was devastating last year with thousands of lives lost and some still without power today.  The June 2012 derecho ripped through a dozen states knocking out power to millions of homes and businesses.

The latest generation of commercially available batteries, including the LG Chem RESU10H, can be used for self-consumption as well as for backup.  A self-consumption battery essentially stores kilowatt-hours generated by a solar array to be consumed at a different time.  If your utility doesn’t allow net-metering, store the extra kWh for use at night.  If the utility credits you at a small wholesale generation rate, consuming those kWh at night instead of selling them to the utility at a fraction of their worth may makes sense.  If your utility charges time of use rates where the cost of electricity is much higher during certain times of the day, using your stored kWh during those hours to reduce your peak load demand may be fiscally wise.

There are limitations to this class of battery such as the total usable stored kWh and total power input and output.  If you need to back up larger loads with several days of autonomy, 12V AGM or 2V telecommunications batteries may be a better fit.  Choosing the right battery for the right application is important. A good analogy is using a hammer to drive a nail and a screwdriver to tighten a screw.  Use the right tool for the right application.

Elon Musk famously said last year, “If you wanted to power the entire U.S. with solar panels, it would take a fairly small corner of Nevada or Texas or Utah. You only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States.  The batteries you need to store the energy, to make sure you have 24/7 power, is 1 mile by 1 mile. One square mile. That’s it.”

In the US, cumulative installed storage capacity is forecasted to grow to 1,233 MWh this year, up from 431 MWh in 2017.  Global installed capacity is forecasted to reach 14.6 GWh in 2018, up from 11.3 GWh in 2017, and is expected to grow to 81.3 GWh in 2024 according to data provided to Bloomberg New Energy Finance by Krys M. Rootham at Acciona Energy.

There’s a wealth of current articles on storage including ‘Storing power key to expanding use of renewable energy’, ‘EVs Could Save California Billions in Energy Storage Investment,’ ‘Solar Power To Become 4th Largest Electric Power Capacity In The World (Passing Up Wind),’ and, ‘Storage Will Be Energy’s Next Big Thing.’

Russell Pacific is happy to announce that we’re now an authorized LG Chem RESU10H resale partner.  We’re excited to offer the LG battery in conjunction with SolarEdge StorEdge inverters, soon-to-be-released SMA Sunny Storage inverters, SnapNrack racking, and modules from REC Group and Silfab.

Contact a representative for more information.

Russell Pacific Continues East Coast Expansion with Orlando Distribution Warehouse

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MONTEREY, CALIF. December 21, 2017 — Russell Pacific, a wholesale distributor of solar electrical products, continues their east coast expansion with the opening of a solar distribution center in Orlando, Florida. Following the successful opening of their Baltimore warehouse earlier this fall, the Orlando warehouse is Russell Pacific’s second distribution center serving the east coast market.

Product stocked in Orlando will provide solar contractors and integrators throughout the southeastern United States region with fast regional shipping, next-day local deliveries, and same day will-call product pickup.

Founded in 2009 by industry veterans, Russell Pacific is a wholesale distributor of solar modules, inverters and balance of systems (BOS) products for solar installers and integrators. By choosing only to focus on the solar industry’s premier brands from trusted manufacturers, Russell Pacific maintains a small, manageable product line, providing the best products at the best prices and fastest lead times.

Russell Pacific is now stocking the Orlando distribution center with North American Made Silfab Solar modules, REC Solar modules, SolarEdge, SMA,. and HiQ Solar inverters, and SnapNrack Solar Mounting Solutions. Array Technologies’single-axis tracker systems are also available through their sister company, RPCS (RP Construction Services Inc.). Russell Pacific is dedicated to providing their customers with the highest level of sales and service, and is pleased to announce steady stock and fast turnaround for the solar industry’s Mid-Atlantic customer base. East coast sales are being managed by solar industry veteran, Christian May.  Chris joined Russell Pacific after successful tenures at Maryland based PV developer / EPC, Standard Solar, and California based solar distributor, AEE Solar (a Sunrun company), said Eb Russell, Founder and CEO of Russell Pacific.

 

With multiple distribution warehouses located throughout California, Utah, Oregon, Maryland, and now Florida, Russell Pacific (www.russellpacific.com) supports solar installers and integrators throughout the United States. Deep product knowledge and manufacturer relationships enable us to pass on product confidence and empower our customers to stand behind their projects. When your name is on the line, you can trust Russell Pacific to supply quality products, on-time and on budget, every time. For more information, please contact East Coast Sales Director, Chris May at 301.832.7010 or email cmay@russellpacific.com.

Russell Pacific Announces East Coast Expansion with Baltimore Distribution Warehouse

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MONTEREY, CALIF.October 11, 2017 — Russell Pacific, a wholesale distributor of solar electrical products, announces the opening of their first east coast distribution center located in Baltimore, Maryland. The Baltimore warehouse marks Russell Pacific’s expansion into the East Coast market; providing solar contractors and integrators throughout the Mid-Atlantic region with fast regional shipping, next-day local deliveries, and same day will-call product pickup.

Founded in 2009 by industry veterans, Russell Pacific is a wholesale distributor of solar modules, inverters and balance of systems (BOS) products for solar installers and integrators. By choosing only to focus on the solar industry’s premier brands from trusted manufacturers, Russell Pacific maintains a small, manageable product line, providing the best products at the best prices and fastest lead times.

Following their East Coast expansion, Russell Pacific is now stocking the Baltimore distribution center with a full line of North American Made Silfab Solar Modules, SolarEdge, SMA & HiQ Inverter Products, SnapNrack Solar Mounting Solutions and LG R ESU10H Batteries. Array Technologies’ single-axis tracker systems are also available through their sister company, RPCS (RP Construction Services Inc.). Russell Pacific is dedicated to providing their customers with the highest level of sales and service and is pleased to announce steady stock and fast turnaround for the solar industry’s Mid-Atlantic customer base. East coast sales are being managed by solar industry veteran, Chris May. Chris joined Russell Pacific after successful tenures at Maryland based PV developer / EPC, Standard Solar, and California based solar distributor, AEE Solar (a Sunrun company), said Eb Russell, Founder and CEO of Russell Pacific.

With multiple distribution warehouses located throughout California, Utah, Oregon, and now Maryland, Russell Pacific (www.russellpacific.com) supports solar installers and integrators throughout the United States. Deep product knowledge and manufacturer relationships enable us to pass on product confidence and empower our customers to stand behind their projects. When your name is on the line, you can trust Russell Pacific to supply quality products, on-time and on budget, every time. For more information, please contact East Coast Sales Director, Chris May at 301.832.7010 or email chris@russellpacific.com.