Solar For SRP Customers
Re-Imagined Solar With Demand Management
Heard Solar Was Over In SRP?
Not With Sun Valley Solar Solutions
SRP's solar rate plans are some of the most unique in the country. Under SRP's model, the cost of any energy purchased from the grid - above what the solar panels provide - is primarily based on total kilowatt-hours consumed plus a peak demand charge for the highest single 30-minute energy demand during the billing cycle. Demand spikes happen when a homeowner turns on numerous high-energy appliances simultaneously during on-peak hours.
Successfully squashing demand fees requires adding demand mitigation technology into the solar array. While some less-than-honest solar companies will gladly skip these important components and forge ahead with solar panels alone, we understand that installing solar without addressing demand means a missed opportunity for even more savings and greater freedom.
As an SRP Preferred Solar Installer, we have helped thousands of SRP customers beat SRP's demand game. Let's take a closer look at how we do it.
Understanding Demand vs. Consumption
Demand pricing dramatically differs from traditional rate plans, which charge you only for the total energy you "consume" during the billing cycle. Demand-based rate plans charge you for your highest single 30-minute pull of on-peak energy. The good news is that if you can address the demand fee, you gain access to incredibly cheap kWh prices.
You can watch the video below to understand better how demand pricing works.
Beating Demand and Saving Big in SRP
To squash SRP’s demand fees, we combine one of two options with traditional solar panels: a demand manager or a home battery. Demand managers are significantly more affordable than batteries but require behavioral changes to maximize savings. A battery, on the other hand, is much more hands-off than a demand manager, but the cost of a battery is significantly higher. Let’s take a quick look at each device.
Demand Manager: Reducing SRP Demand Fees
About the size of a shoebox and generally installed near your service panel, a demand manager uses smart software to help you balance the use of high-energy appliances during on-peak hours. Our system designers work with homeowners to identify those appliances that require the most electricity, such as a/c units, pool pumps, or water heaters. When activated, the demand manager carefully balances these pre-selected loads to prevent multiple devices from turning on simultaneously. This balancing act dramatically reduces costly demand spikes while maximizing comfort. Demand manager settings can be easily adjusted for additional savings or anytime a homeowner's energy profile changes.
Home Battery: Demand Fee Elimination and Outage Security
Larger and costlier than a simple demand manager, a home battery works by storing your excess solar energy for use later. Most SRP customers configure their battery to discharge during on-peak hours. Homeowners avoid demand fees by eliminating the need to purchase energy from SRP during the costlier on-peak time periods. In addition, batteries can be configured to power select appliances during a power outage, adding a welcome layer of security to a home. If you would like to learn more about home batteries, you can visit here.