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Microgrids and Embedded Networks

If you have a property with multiple tenants traditionally, they all have the businesses have their own connections and energy bills. The Embedded Network means that instead of this model the property has a main meter or gate meter and each tenancy a sub meter. This then means the operator of the Embedded Network can buy energy into the site at volume rates and on sell this energy to the tenants cheaper than the market rate but still at a margin.

The next level on from this is to use this Embedded Network to set up a microgrid where instead of just buying in power from the grid you can create your own onsite by solar/wind and, add batteries to have the power available when the tenants in the Microgrid need the power. Depending on the demand in this Microgrid at various times larger or smaller batteries make more economic sense and also the size of the solar system would be different for each site. There is also the ability to have spare energy that could be sold into the wholesale market at times where the spot rate is high.

The image below shows a sample Microgrid with Solar to produce as much power onsite as possible.

sample Microgrid with Solar

Solar panels are installed at the property, forming the Solar Power Plant. These enable the generation of low-cost and green energy for the property. The electricity generated through these panels is distributed via the embedded network to the different tenants and common areas. This helps the tenants green their business and reduce costs while margin is made in the sale of the electricity.

Benefits of Microgrids

Renewable Generation and Battery Storage can lead to cost savings and improve energy efficiency. Microgrid offers numerous benefits.

Able to operate separately or independently from the main electricity network (if required), microgrids provide a more reliable power source by utilising its own local energy generation and storage. This means it’s able to operate even if the main grid is down. Microgrids can also synchronise with the main grid when necessary and support others in the local area.

As it doesn’t rely solely on grid power, a microgrid can provide better quality and supply of electricity to remote areas in a more cost efficient way. This is also due to microgrids’ ability to close the distance between where the power is generated and where it is used, increasing efficiency.

Creating its own supply of local power, a microgrid is also able to store and share excess power among users. This ensures a more sustainable and cost-effective system.

Ask us to assess your property to establish what system size would suit and what kind of rental income could be generated for you on your site!

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benefits of microgridA microgrid is a good option for those looking for environmentally friendly systems, as it can be integrated with renewable energy sources. As energy from solar and wind power and battery storage grows more affordable and technology becomes more sophisticated, microgrids present great opportunities for reducing costs and improving energy efficiency.

‍Microgrids have proven to be very successful in places around the world that have been affected by outages caused by natural disasters. With its autonomous capabilities, it ensures that essential services continue operating in the case that the centralised energy grid is damaged.

Income generation for Property Owners

Partners of Solar Car Parks are operators and investors in Microgrids and in exchange for allowing them to operate the Microgrid will pay fees to the property owner. These are often structured as “roof rentals” or “airspace rental” similar to advertising hoardings onsite and these rental incomes can be capitalised to increase the properties value.

Here are few FAQs about Solar Car Park

Rainwater can be collected in a front gutter and directed and stored in tanks. A water management racking rail is optional to achieve this at minimal extra cost to standard solar racking.
Most systems don’t impact car spaces at all. Some do though therefore we normally avoid those. Systems must comply with Australian Parking regulations.
Solar car parks can actually make money for you while also helping the environment. By generating power from the sun instead of using grid power, solar car parks can significantly reduce your carbon emissions and electricity bill.  Additionally, offering undercover parking can help to attract and retain customers, while also providing a more secure and comfortable shopping experience.
Solar car parks are just like regular covered parking lots, providing shelter and protection for cars from the weather. They have structures with solar panels on the roof that generate electricity. The structures are slightly tilted and provide shade to cars parked in the car park.  This electricity can be used to charge electric cars or power businesses which also can help businesses save money on their electricity bill.  
A solar car park is a covered car park with solar panels installed on the roof, providing businesses and properties with renewable energy. The solar panels generate electricity to meet the energy demands of the business or property, making it more sustainable. Solar car parks can be found in many locations, often near electric car charging stations. This allows businesses and property owners to generate their own power, reducing their environmental impact and reliance on fossil fuels. Solar car parks are becoming increasingly popular as the technology improves and the cost of solar panels decreases.

Solar Car Parking Solutions from SCP

Our HelioPark EV solar structures are the perfect solution for your new EV fleet, offsetting grid consumption and powering vehicles with clean energy. Our solutions are tailored to meet your specific needs, so you can be sure that your car park is running efficiently and sustainably.