Island off the grid. IO designs, builds, aggregates, and commissions advanced Demand Response Enabled Microgrid Solutions, paired with on-site energy generation, for qualified Commercial, Industrial, and Municipal customers. Advanced Energy Storage with Distributed Energy Generation can enable your facility to backup essential equipment, unlock utility savings, and potentially lead to grid independence. On-site Generation often is cheaper, more reliable, and comes with a significantly lower carbon footprint than traditional utility supply.
Sustainability and Decarbonization has been top priority for politicians. In the face of yearly blackouts, this has changed.
Fear of fire damage liability now dictates PG&E and other Utility policy. Customers are to expect shutoffs for a decade.
Where energy efficiency and savings guided past projects, customers now ask, "what will the next blackout cost me?"
Microgrids act as local islands of power when the central grid fails, or in this case when power is intentionally shut down as a safety precaution. Communities must prepare to assist those where electricity is critical, and the integration of microgrids provides the solution. Only energy systems with special switchgear, inverters and controls, will still operate in outages.
Learn about active fire incidents, and about fire safety and protection initiatives, from fire.ca.gov
Communities serviced by transmission lines within the elevated and extreme risk zones may still be affected, even if hundreds of miles away.
Extensive documentation of past de-energization events have been made available to the public within California's Public Utility Commission website.
IO defines Microgrids and Nanogrids as systems which can be actively managed and islanded from the grid. Many battery and solar solutions lack the full capability to provide resiliency, utilizing only the cost saving benefits of storage solutions.
IO designs systems based on the overall need of its customers. Grid independence can be achieved, but requires more generation and storage than if an essential load was maintained during outages.
IO actually supports keeping grid connection and promotes solutions which aid utility companies. Microgrids help reduce overall solar curtailment and promote statewide sustainability and resiliency initiatives when kept connected. Through having grid-tied Microgrids, utility power becomes backup.