Our model for distributed generation energy solutions answers this question: Is it possible to use distributed generation to change part of your cost structure in a way that benefits you? This is a key question we ask at Perceptive Power Infrastructure.
We know that distributed energy resources (DERs) can be beneficial, but each energy retailer benefits from them differently. That’s why we use a proprietary model to answer financial, operational, and technical questions. In fact, our model sets us apart from other distributed generation developers. No one else on the market approaches creating distributed generation energy solutions like we do.
We know that choosing the right equipment is important. We also know that the right equipment can only save our clients money if it’s run at the right time in the right manner. Our model can identify this. Combined with our Perceptive Way approach and our decades-long connections in the energy sector, we can help our clients cut costs while establishing better control over their energy usage.
Distributed solutions from a mathematical perspective
Technically speaking, our model is simply built using linear programming. The math we use to get to this point isn’t new- in fact, it’s been around for awhile. What differs is that this approach isn’t being used in our sector. We’ve created a model for distributed generation energy solutions which can be adjusted to each client, regardless of situation or geography.
The goal of running the model is to find ways to help a client optimize energy resource from the grid, thus lowering their energy bill. In cases where we design distributed generation solutions, we can provide the electricity they need at less cost based on their usage and their history. This can translate to significant savings on yearly energy bills.
A consultative approach to distributed generation
Each developer has a different approach when it comes to proposing solutions. While some focus on the tiniest details of a specific design, our approach is vast and comprehensive. The best way to describe how we work is consultative. The difference though between us and a consulting firm is that we also provide the tangible solution that provides financial benefits.
Before we run the model or propose a solution, the first thing we do is get to know our client on a human level. We don’t want to replace the supply and contracts they already have. We want to strengthen their existing power supply and help them achieve their goals. We only collect data once we know who we’re working with. This not only helps us design the right solution, it helps us build a lasting partnership. We call this process The Perceptive Way.
If we both see the benefit in working together, then it’s time for the next step: the model. Within one to two weeks we can answer some important high-level questions by using the model for distributed generation energy solutions. This can save us all valuable time and money as we explore the right way forward.
The right variables and resources
We know every client has different needs and goals. We update the variables in the model based on this. For example, do they want to optimize savings or production? Are they having challenges meeting peak demand? Are they located in the midwest? Texas?
The model is also flexible based on what sort of DERs they’re looking for. If a client is only interested in a straightforward PV Solar installation, we can provide a quote for that. However, we’re also prepared to design a more holistic distributed generation system using multiple combinations of technologies. The technologies we work with are:
- PV Solar
- PV Solar + Battery energy storage systems (BESS)
- PV Solar + Reciprocating internal combustion engine (RICE) units
- PV Solar + Anaerobic digesters
- BESS + RICE units
Finding the right combination of resources and when they should be run is highly subjective. By running the model, we can identify how to cut costs by running these DERs at the right time. In order to identify that, we need a bit of information from the client.
The data we need
Most rural electric cooperatives (RECs) have a lot in common regarding the technical and operational sides of how they run. However, when it comes to bookkeeping and IT, each co-op is very different. For that reason, we’re flexible with how the data is collected and presented to us. One of the biggest surprises for our prospective partners is how little data we actually require. Even so, we always sign a non-disclosure agreement before proceeding.
While we would love to have multiple years’ worth of granular data, it’s not necessary. To run the model, we need the following information:
- 8760 data
- Load data
- Energy and power invoices
The data we provide
Alongside the facts and figures we collect from our clients, there is also a human element to our modelling. Our team has extensive experience across the energy sector and across regions. They already understand the difference between starting a project in Texas versus one in Michigan. So, while our data analytics team collects the figures from the client, our project team compiles important regulatory information.
If, for example, a client was interested in a PV solar project, we would provide the following:
- 8760 PV Solar estimate
- State and local regulations
- X8760 Market PA prices
- Other relevant industry knowledge
By contrast, if a client needed PV solar plus RICE units or anaerobic digesters, our inputs would be slightly different.
A comprehensive energy proposal
The data we plug into four distinct modules. From those four modules, we provide our clients with the following outputs:
- Client savings summary
- Distributed generation solution proposal
At this point, we open up our books. We reveiw the model directly with our client. We want them to see what assumptions we’ve made and how we reached our conclusion. The model itself is easy to read and understand.
This is another step in our Perceptive Way process. We want to bring more trust and transparency to the energy sector, especially to Rural America. As RECs and rural C&Is make changes to their energy supply portfolios to meet modern challenges, they need trustworthy partners. We want them to see exactly how we calculated the solution we are proposing. This allows us both to discover any aspects we might have overlooked. More importantly though, it gives our partners peace of mind knowing they’re getting the solution they need at the right cost.
The next steps
Once we both agree that the figures and solutions make sense, then it’s time to move forward. At this point we can both confidently commit team members and resources to developing the project. The model and the way we calculated the solution can be revisited at any time in the process.
A human approach to distributed generation energy solutions
Too often we’ve seen developers who come in proposing solutions before they even know who they’re talking to. This isn’t the way we work. It wastes time and can lead to unexpected problems down the line. We take time to understand the people themselves first. Then, we delve into their financial situations and energy portfolios. We believe that this is the only way to provide a truly comprehensive solution.
If you’re looking for a developer who creates tailored distributed generation solutions while also building lasting partnerships, we want to hear from you. Let’s get to know each other, you can fill out our contact form and be connected to our co-founder, Scott Tampke. Then, we can see if our model can help identify the right energy resources to help you meet your goals.