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ENERGY SOLUTIONS

The future of our grid

Introducing energy that is flexible, dependable, and affordable

Pure and simple

Renewable energy doesn't have to be complicated. Shift Solar works in partnership with communities, utilities, and landowners to develop thoughtful solutions and actionable strategies to meet energy needs and goals.

Community
Solar

Community Solar gives homeowners, renters, and local businesses the opportunity to share in the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy generation in their community.

 

Administered at a state or provincial level, the energy generated by a community solar system is shared with the community while offering subscribers financial savings on their monthly electricity bills.

Benefits of Community Solar

  • Anyone can join the program, whether you own or rent your home or business

  • Save on your monthly electricity bill

  • No monetary investment is required by landowners or those who wish to participate in the program

  • Lower your carbon footprint

  • Support your local economy

How does it work?

  • A community solar project is hosted on a landowner's property and connected to the local grid

  • The system acquires subscribers with electricity loads that offset the amount of energy generated by the project

  • In exchange for subscribing, the rate payer receives credits on their monthly electricity bill which can be put towards lowering their monthly cost

 
 

Utility-Scale
Solar

Utility-scale solar projects are large power plants, usually 10MW or greater, that feed energy directly to the grid. The energy is sold at wholesale prices to large buyers or utilities who in turn serve homeowners and citizens. These types of solar projects help produce the lowest cost energy as they benefit from economies of scale.

Benefits of Utility-Scale Solar

  • Helps the environment by lowering the carbon footprint for the electrical generation industry.

  • Improves reliability and resiliency for the current electrical infrastructure.

  • Can be deployed just about anywhere, using the electrical infrastructure that is already built.

  • Helps to lower the cost of electricity for everyone (solar power has been named the cheapest
    form of electricity by IEA).

  • Can provide fixed price electricity during times of peak demand or when traditional fossil fuels
    are most expensive.

  • Helps stimulate the economy by creating jobs across the supply chain.

How does it work?

  • Projects are large power plants which feed energy directly to the grid.

  • Energy is sold at wholesale prices to large buyers (ie. Local Distribution Companies) and not to
    end-use customers.

  • Utility scale solar projects do not require the acquisition of subscribers and the distribution of electricity bill credits.

  • Utility scale projects are often paired with energy storage capacity so that they can continue providing electricity to the grid when the sun isn’t shining.

Energy Storage systems are made up of many small battery cells. Charged by the grid or a renewable generator, like solar, they allow power to be deployed at strategic times.

 

By charging the batteries during off-peak hours and discharging stored energy during peak-hours, utility companies, operators, and their end-users reap the benefits of affordable, safe and more reliable power.

Benefits of Energy Storage

  • Creates a system where low-cost energy can be used in high-cost peak hours, reducing end-users’ electricity bills

  • Decreases the grid’s carbon dioxide emissions by increasing the use of clean energy

  • Makes the grid more efficient and reliable

  • Compact size means they can be installed closer to where power is needed, reducing energy losses.

  • Quick to install with minimal impact to the land.

How does it work?

  • Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) are installed next to substations or transmission lines.

  • The operator's software tells the system when to charge and discharge. 

  • The BESS owner is paid based on the energy or capacity they provide to the grid.