Understand Your Energy Usage & How You Can Convert Energy Into A Competitive Advantage Through Investments In Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency
We have evaluated, designed, financed, and/or developed over 600 commercial and utility scale renewable energy and energy efficiency projects covering all major technologies including solar PV, solar thermal, wind, energy storage, fuel cells, geothermal, biofuels, LED lighting, net zero energy greenhouses, and a wide variety of energy efficiency measures.
Over the years, we have found that most businesses, schools, governments, and real estate developers never thought about energy generation or efficiency when they built or acquired their buildings – especially those that were built or acquired in years past when energy was cheap. As a result, most buildings on average waste about 20% of the energy they use while the least efficient buildings waste 40% or more of their energy. The agriculture industry in the United States is one of the least efficient users of energy in the country. Utility rate schedules continue to creep higher every year and are not giving their customers any of the benefits from low wholesale electric rates caused by massive utility investment in solar, wind, and natural gas while higher cost coal and nuclear plants are being retired.
The first step to evaluating which energy efficiency and generation investments make economic sense is to audit past energy usage. Although “Level 2” and “Level 3” energy audits for commercial buildings are becoming more common, many of these audits are regulatory driven, labor intensive, and very expensive such that they only make economic sense for entities with very large buildings or campuses. We have developed a client checklist and worksheet that allows clients to save money and collect the data themselves that we require to do a proper analysis. This saves thousands of dollars of labor and travel for every building analyzed.