By combining onsite generation, an advanced energy storage system and a world-class artificial intelligence-powered analytics platform, SCA optimizes energy usage by automatically switching between onsite generation, battery power and grid power.

Solar Atmospheres, Fontana, CA
Solar Atmospheres, Fontana, CA

Case Study from | S-5!

The Project

Solar Atmospheres of California (SCA) provides state-of-the-art vacuum thermal processing services. In response to the challenges of California’s energy market, SCA commissioned and installed the state’s largest commercial solar + energy storage system.

By combining onsite generation, an advanced energy storage system and a world-class artificial intelligence-powered analytics platform, SCA optimizes energy usage by automatically switching between onsite generation, battery power and grid power. The robust system enables SCA to achieve a wide variety of goals, including energy expense reductions through reduced peak demand, onsite renewable power generation and demand response program participation.

The digitally connected energy storage network includes a 772-kW PV solar system and a 1,561-kW/3,122kWh Tesla battery storage system on twin 20,000+ square foot metal buildings.  The facilities feature American Buildings Long Span III trapezoidal, exposed-fastened metal roofing with the solar modules secured in place by S-5!’s PVKIT® solar solution and RibBracket™III.

 

The Challenge

With more than 60 furnaces for vacuum heat treating and brazing services, ranging from lab-size research and development furnaces to the largest commercial vacuum furnace (48 feet long, 150,000-pound capacity), the site experiences very high energy demands and energy charges. The customer requested the largest solar system the building could handle. 

Solar installer, SunGreen Systems worked with its energy storage partner, Stem, to propose a combined solar and Tesla battery storage system to shave the demand and arbitrage energy.

 

The Solution

SunGreen Systems installed solar on every possible area of the roof; built an addition to the southern building for more roof space; and installed two, cantilevered carports along the property line–to provide additional hosting of solar arrays.

They chose S-5! products because the solar attachments provided design flexibility in attachment locations.  In addition, the lightweight solution allowed them to avoid costly retrofits.

During initial client meetings, SunGreen Systems demonstrated the reliable racking solution via a sample kit provided by S-5!―enabling the client to find the right clamp for the project and allowing them to see first-hand the factory-installed gaskets that would preserve the building’s integrity.  The S-5! team worked with SunGreen Systems to obtain a Bill of Materials (BOM) for the project so they could determine their exact costs for such a large project.  Additionally, the team worked hands-on with their crew on-site to demonstrate best practices for rail-less installation, including advance module preparation while other crew members completed the electrical work.

The investment was particularly attractive to SCA because of two federal tax incentives and additional state-sponsored incentives. The company expects a full return on investment within 30-36 months.

 

Long-Term Outlook

Solar Atmospheres has supplemented its high demand for power generation via the state’s largest commercial solar + energy storage system utilizing an aesthetically pleasing, cost-effective PV mounting system – enabling the client to avoid costly retrofits.

  

Project Team

Engineer: Paul Truong

General Contractor: SunGreen Systems Inc.

Solar Installer: SunGreen Systems Inc.

Battery Storage Partner: Stem

Module Manufacturer: URE

Inverter Manufacturer: Delta

Solar Mounting System: S-5!

 

Project Stats

  • Roof Size: 2 roofs, each measuring  90’ x 225’ (x2) = 40,500 ft2
  • Carport Size: 40’ x 150’ (16’ clear height) (x2) = 12,000 ft2
  • Roof Pitch & Carport Pitch: 5°
  • Roof Profile: 26-gage, American Buildings Long Span III trapezoidal, exposed-fastened
  • Solar Project Size: 772-kW DC TOTAL / 570-kW DC metal roof
  • Solar Modules: 1,494 rooftop; URE 380W panels
  • Battery System: 14 Tesla Powerpacks @ 1,561-kW/3,122-kWh
  • S-5! Products Supplied:  PVKIT® and RibBracket™ III (2976)

 

The content & opinions in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of AltEnergyMag
S-5!

S-5!

In 1992, S-5! invented the very market space of manufactured roof attachment solutions. S-5!'s clamps and brackets are engineered for a variety of applications, including residential and commercial solar installations on exposed-fastened and standing seam metal roofing. The company has a portfolio of more than 5+ GigaWatts of rooftop solar arrays, including many Fed-Ex and Walmart buildings; 700 Costco stores in eight countries; international airports; and corporate headquarters for Google, IBM, NATO, NREL and Apple. S-5! Technologies are also affordable for domestic applications with more than 15,000 such solar installations in 50 countries.

Other Articles

Liberty Self Storage - American Flag Solar Array Case Study
In line with the name of the company “Liberty” and what it represents, they chose an American Flag solar panel array designed by The Next Energy Technology as a symbolic source of pride and unity for all Americans.
Ocean Reef Club at Key Largo―Case Study - RibBracket™III and S-5-PVKIT®2.0
The club is located on a private peninsula, bound on three sides by water and on the fourth side by federal and state lands. The area is subject to 180 mph, Category 5 hurricane winds, making installation of a low-profile, roof-mounted system essential.
S-5! Case Study – Hawaii H-POWER Solar Project VersaGard™ & S-5-S Mini
Elevating the PV panels on rooftops would reduce shadowing from adjacent properties and maximize power generation, and was therefore more favorable to achieve reliable and consistent system performance.
More about S-5!

Comments (0)

This post does not have any comments. Be the first to leave a comment below.


Post A Comment

You must be logged in before you can post a comment. Login now.

Featured Product

U.S. BATTERY RENEWABLE ENERGY SERIES DEEP CYCLE BATTERIES

U.S. BATTERY RENEWABLE ENERGY SERIES DEEP CYCLE BATTERIES

Our RE Series batteries are designed to provide the highest peak capacity, longest cycle life, and greatest reliability for use in industrial or residential renewable energy applications. Renewable Energy Series batteries utilize the company's exclusive XC2™ formulation and Diamond Plate Technology® to create the industry's most efficient battery plates, delivering greater watt-hours per liter and watt-hours per kilogram than any other flooded lead-acid battery in the market. Our Deep Cycle batteries are engineered to work with solar panels as well as other renewable energy applications.