Mission Viejo business Franchise Services invests in solar plus energy storage to drastically reduce utility bills and eliminate hefty demand charges.

ROCKLIN, Calif., June 14, 2016 — The management team at Franchise Services, Inc. in Mission Viejo wanted more choice and control over annual utility expenses. This included reducing the pain from one of the highest demand charge tariffs in the nation. So the company invested in JLM Energy’s solar plus storage smart energy management technology that will make it possible to rely on stored energy during peak times to lower electric bills.

 

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C&I customers saving money with solar+storage

Pairing energy storage with solar brings many benefits to the end user, especially those in the commercial and industrial space. Vic Shao, CEO of Green Charge Networks, said there are significant market opportunities right now for solar+storage in non-residential settings.

“Combining solar plus energy storage can bring additional revenue streams to a project including arbitrage and demand response programs,” he said. “Because most of our customers opt for our shared savings model, taking advantage of these synergies comes at essentially no additional cost. Utilities also appreciate pairing these technologies as a solution for variable solar production- more consistent flow of energy.”

 

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Solar Plus Storage Eliminates Hefty Demand Charges… and Other Quick Microgrid News

Federal tax incentives for solar plus energy storage systems are currently available for up to 30 percent of the total cost. For Mission Viejo business Franchise Services, an investment in solar plus storage will drastically reduce utility bills — and eliminate hefty demand charges.
The company, which occupies a 44,000 square foot office building and spends $120,000 a year on electricity, wanted more choice and control over annual utility expenses.

Solar plus storage technology from JLM Energy will make that possible.

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Mission Viejo business Franchise Services invests in solar plus energy storage to drastically reduce utility bills and eliminate hefty demand charges

ROCKLIN, Calif. – The management team at Franchise Services, Inc. in Mission Viejo wanted more choice and control over annual utility expenses. This included reducing the pain from one of the highest demand charge tariffs in the nation. So the company invested in JLM Energy’s solar plus storage smart energy management technology that will make it possible to rely on stored energy during peak times to lower electric bills.

Franchise Services occupies a 44,000 square foot office building in Mission Viejo and has an annual electricity expenditure of $120,000. The new commercial grade Gridz system combines two 30 kW/60 kWh battery systems with solar panels. The company qualified for California’s SGIP rebate as well as the Federal Incentive Tax Credit for energy storage systems. The $450,000 system quickly became a $290,000 system net of tax and incentives. Dan Conger, Chief Financial Officer, expects a rapid return on investment.

“We estimate that implementing solar and energy storage will cut our utility expense by 75%,” Conger said. Our calculations show the break-even point on this system is 48-months.”

Utility companies calculate electricity charges for businesses based on total kilowatt-hours consumed and the rate at which this energy is used.  The rate of energy consumption is referred to as “demand charges” and it can account for up to 50% of a monthly energy bill.

JLM Energy’s smart software, Measurz, analyzes historical energy consumption trends and then develops efficiency recommendations that include the exact combination of storage and renewable energy needed to limit demand charges. This makes it possible to rely on stored energy during peak times or feed excess energy back to the grid at a constant rate, resulting in lower bills.

JLM Energy, VP of Enterprise Sales, Nathan Newsom said, “Combining solar and energy storage without a significant loss in efficiency is the cornerstone of our Gridz technology. Energy storage is the next frontier of renewable energy and it is a win-win for businesses and utilities. The business owner saves money and the utility gets more distributed energy resources online and a customer with a more consistent rate of use over time.”

The emerging energy storage market is being driven by improved energy efficiency, the declining cost of solar and enhanced energy storage that is made possible by improved battery technology, creating a huge benefit to consumers. Federal tax incentives for solar plus energy storage systems are currently available for up to 30% of the total cost.

The Franchise Services project is the first of its kind to receive full permits in Mission Viejo and will be used by the City as the gold standard by which to qualify future projects.

About JLM Energy

JLM energy is an innovative technology company. We develop quality products that bring value to our customers. We offer a broad set of renewable energy and energy storage products. We design every aspect of our products from inception all the way to installation and service.

JLM Energy’s full portfolio of advanced energy solutions provides consumers with choice and control over their electricity expenditure. Founded in 2011 by Farid Dibachi and Kraig Clark, JLM Energy is solely funded by the two partners. ­

About Franchise Services

Franchise Services, Inc., (FSI) is a franchise management company that owns the franchise brands, Sir Speedy, PIP Printing, Signal Graphics, TeamLogic IT, MultiCopy in the Netherlands while partnering with Eastnet Print in China. Franchise Services has a 54-year history managing award-winning brands that support the small-to-medium-sized business market. The company’s worldwide reach encompasses nearly 400 locations in 12 countries. FSI’s brands have received numerous awards and recognition including the Franchise Times Top 200, Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, Quick Printing Top 100, Printing Impressions 400, Franchise Times Fast 55, and Franchise Business Review’s Franchise 50 Satisfactions awards.

Contacts:

Ellen Howe, VP Corporate Development & Marketing, JLM Energy

Cell: 703/835-5550 ellen.howe@jlmei.com

Dan Conger, CFO, dconger@franserv.com

Denise Denton, Assistant VP,Marketing Communications, ddenton@franserv.com.

Franchise Services, Inc., 26722 Plaza, Mission Viejo, CA  92691 Tel: 949/348-5400, Fax: 949/348-5066. Website: http://www.franserv.com.

Battery surge: The technology is here, but ‘demand rates’ might be key to promoting them

While some rooftop-solar energy advocates have opposed “demand rates” from Arizona utilities, other companies see the rates as an opportunity to launch a new market for household-battery and solar systems that benefit customers and the power grid.

The demand charges, which base monthly rates on a customer’s highest hour or half-hour of use, are luring companies that sell systems allowing solar customers to store excess power for their own use in batteries that are about the size of a rifle cabinet. Tabuchi Electric of Japan and JLM Energy of California say the technology can help users lower the demand rates, as well as reduce strain on the grid.

 

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Arizona’s largest utility is trying to solve a big problem with solar-powered homes

By:  Susan Lisovicz

Imagine your local electric utility puts solar panels on your home, free of charge. Now imagine that same utility gives you an array of state-of-the-art energy-saving devices — from thermostats you can control from your phone to batteries that automatically charge any excess energy from those solar panels.
You can also turn off your appliances remotely and access cloud-based software designed to help you save money on energy. And you’ll get push alerts notifying you when to avoid using energy-draining appliances.
Arizona’s largest utility, the Arizona Public Service Electric Company (APS) is launching a pilot program to do just that for 75 homes in the greater Phoenix area, long known as the Valley of the Sun. The pilot program — which Yahoo Finance is reporting on exclusively— aims to save both the consumer and APS money during the most expensive part of power generation: peak demand in the evening, after the sun sets.
“When you’re looking at the app it will tell you how much it costs to run the dryer at five in the evening compared to 10 p.m.,” says Ellen Howe, vice president of marketing at JLM Energy, whose products are included in the study.

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