As an executive with a leading wellness consulting company and former college professor, Dr. Troy Adams is well-versed in the practice of personal preparedness. “Being prepared provides peace of mind and helps us cope with whatever life brings,” he explains.
Planning for the future is at the center of his professional life, as well as being a core tenant of his deep LDS faith. So in early 2015, Dr. Adams began researching options for adding solar to is his 2,200 square-foot Gilbert home in an effort to better prepare his family for an electrical grid outage.
Midway through his evaluation, SRP complicated his research by rolling out its controversial E27 rate plan, which levies additional demand charges on solar users’ peak energy use. With these new fees, many SRP customers saw the E27 plan as the end of solar, but Dr. Adams was more determined than ever to break through the roadblock and identify a solution to meet his personal and financial goals.
“We began by establishing some key benchmarks,” he explains. “We literally spent 6 months recording and analyzing our time-of-day electrical consumption patterns. This data became the basis for evaluating various options — including rooftop solar and batteries.”
In December, 2015, Dr. Adams learned about our innovative demand management technology, which combines rooftop solar with a sophisticated energy management controller that helps homeowners manage their peak energy usage and mitigate against SRP’s new fees. After crunching the numbers, Dr. Adams decided the SVSS solution was the right approach for him.
By February, 2016, the system was commissioned, and after just a few months of operation Dr. Adams couldn’t be happier with his results. “In May, 2015, we purchased about 28kWh every day from SRP. In May, 2016, we generated almost all of our own power, and averaged just 1kWh per day from SRP!”
In addition to this increased energy independence, Dr. Adams sees even greater benefits from the demand manager’s ability to help him shift much of his energy use to off-peak hours. “In addition to relying less on SRP overall, the demand manager also ensures that we buy as much energy as possible during off-peak periods, when the rates are historically inexpensive.”
When SRP introduced their new demand fees, the utility also dramatically reduced the standard kWh rates to levels we’ve not seen since the 1970s. In short, by mitigating demand, Dr. Adams is buying into much cheaper hourly utility rates.
Now that he’s made solar a key part of his preparedness plan, Dr. Adams is considering taking things a step further by installing an SVSS PowerBank battery backup system. The PowerBank system will store energy from his solar system to provide power during times of grid outages, or at night, when his solar system isn’t generating electricity.
“Even though it is hot in the summer, the sun is a real blessing here in Arizona. It makes sense that we use it as a key part of our preparedness efforts,” concluded Dr. Adams. “It feels awesome knowing that my family will have a comfortable place to live even in the event of an emergency.”
If you're an SRP customer who has heard that solar no longer makes sense under the new SRP E27 rate plan, contact Sun Valley Solar Solutions today for a free evaluation. As Dr. Adams did, you may quickly realize that with our demand management technology, solar can one again make financial sense for SRP customers.