Standalone Power Systems Help Utilities Meet California’s Clean Energy Goals
BoxPower’s home state of California produces more renewable electricity than any other state in the nation. Much of the state’s leadership in this realm is due to ambitious energy policy – and the industry’s vigorous response to the standards that state lawmakers have enacted.
California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program was established in 2002 with the initial requirement that 20 percent of electricity retail sales must be served by renewable resources by 2017. Since then, the program has been updated four times with increasingly ambitious timelines and benchmarks. Most recently, in 2018 California SB100 increased the RPS to 60 percent by 2030 and requires all the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources by 2045.
California’s RPS is among the most progressive clean energy mandates in the country, and by some important metrics, the state is on track to meet its goals. PG&E, California’s largest public investor-owned utility (IOU), well surpassed the state’s goal to deliver 33 percent renewable energy by the end of 2020, ultimately delivering over 88 percent energy derived from greenhouse gas-free sources. The majority of this renewable electricity comes from solar.
BoxPower is proud to be among the earliest designers and manufacturers of solar standalone power systems to partner with California utilities, and BoxPower solutions can continue to play an important role in the state’s transition to clean energy.
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For many of the customers these IOUs serve, renewable electricity comes from large-scale solar farms, which are an ideal application for densely populated areas. For a state in which 94 percent of the population lives in urban areas, this will continue to be the most efficient means of generating and delivering clean energy to the largest number of consumers.
However, BoxPower is an ideal solution for rural, remote on-site power generation for utilities. Our recent projects with PG&E and Liberty Utilities are projected to deliver 90 and 97 percent renewable electricity to their rural service areas, respectively. Projects like these present a cost-effective renewable energy solution for IOUs that seek to deliver on California’s clean energy mandates in the state’s low-population areas.
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BoxPower microgrids are an attractive solution when large-scale solar systems and traditional wires-and-poles infrastructure are not suitable. When rapidly deployable, fire-safe power is needed in rough terrain or remote locations, BoxPower standalone power systems are a valuable distributed energy resource for IOUs (as well as critical facilities and off-grid commercial customers) to have in their toolbox.
As a means of diversifying energy resources, grid stabilizing, and pushing for increased renewable energy, BoxPower looks forward to continuing to provide industry-leading solar power and battery storage systems to utilities and other customers in remote settings.