Scale's clean energy microgrids outperform the alternatives.
Expedite your project development timeline and reduce costs by leveraging a modular, productized clean energy microgrid solution.
For more complex energy needs, we unlock additional value for you with a custom built microgrid. We rely on our vertically integrated structure and decades of experience to simplify the traditionally complicated development process.
Utility Integrated Controls
Service and Maintenance
We finance projects through Scale’s unique Microgrid Service Agreements (MSAs), which function similarly to Energy Service Agreements (ESAs) and Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). While clean energy microgrids are a great technical and economic fit for many businesses, most customers do not want to be exposed to the technology, construction, and performance risk associated with a complex power system. To solve this, our MSA requires zero up-front or on-going O&M cost from customers. Instead, we own the microgrid and simply charge customers for the energy services that are provided – whether those are energy, standby capacity, infrastructure upgrades, or something else. By charging less than traditional solutions like utility power and backup generators, our customers save money and manage risk via a simple and transparent process. And if something goes wrong, that's our problem, not yours!
Industries we serve.
Your business depends on reliable power. It’s time to take charge and achieve complete energy resilience. Microgrids protect your profitability, your productivity, and your performance. Its time to tear down the traditional barriers and bridge the gap between what’s practical and what’s possible.
Operations & Maintenance: Our Capabilities
Combining Capital and Expertise
Financing microgrid projects is complicated and causes developers a lot of headaches. Finding the right financing partner with the technical expertise to understand your project is critical. As microgrid experts ourselves, we eliminate the usual complexities by optimizing each layer of the capital stack for our customers and partners.
Frequently Asked Questions
A microgrid can provide many benefits to the host facility including operational, financial, and environmental sustainability objectives. The need for electrical energy resilience is a key driver in the decision to pursue a microgrid. However, if the local utility does not have the capacity to handle the facility loads then a microgrid can provide the necessary power for your operations. A microgrid offers financial benefits by providing savings on your utility bills from a less expensive energy supply and the ability to save on delivery, demand, and capacity charges, even providing the opportunity to obtain a lower tariff rating. The microgrid can also generate environmental credits and other ESG benefits.
But the fact of the matter is that microgrids take months, if not years, to be fully deployed. Most microgrids are custom projects, often costing a lot of money, and dragging on for very long periods of time. A Scale R2M2 microgrid is the simplest, most efficient way of obtaining a microgrid. R2M2 offers a flexible yet scalable solution, with a shorter lead time and project development cycle. And the best part - because of their modular nature, a Scale R2M2 microgrid can easily be expanded by adding additional microgrid modules to existing systems to accommodate operational growth and increased energy needs.
a. Solar PV is a great technology for reducing energy costs and increasing the sustainability profile of your facility. Solar is tied to the electricity grid, so when there is an outage, it is unavailable. For many, solar is often the first step on the path to a more holistic solution that can deliver far more value. Adding a battery to an existing solar array can help further reduce electricity spend by decreasing utility demand charges. The microgrid offers a wide range of benefits ranging from even deeper savings than the solar or solar and storage project, energy resilience to protect against utility outages, and in many cases significantly lower carbon emissions than solar could achieve alone. In this case the microgrid would incorporate another type of distributed energy resource such as a reciprocating engine or fuel cell using hydrogen as fuel.
b. With a microgrid, there is load metering and control which can provide you with data to understand and optimize your own business better than before and additional revenue streams such as demand response and virtual power plants.
a. Scale typically offers to design and build microgrids using the capital sale or “energy-as-a-service” models. Under the capital sale option, the microgrid typically costs between $1,000 - $2,500 per kW installed depending on which DERs are used and in what quantities. Higher Capex budgets usually result in lower Opex. Typical payback periods range from 5 - 8 years on a 25-year system life.
a. Microgrids built from solar PV, battery energy storage, and hydrogen generation can reduce your facility’s emissions by 100%. Various factors need to be considered, including the source of the hydrogen, for the microgrid to be considered 100% clean.
b. For sites without hydrogen, Scale is building predominantly solar, storage, and natural gas microgrids that reduce emissions between 50-75% below business-as-usual grid purchases (depends largely on local grid energy supply and varies widely across the country).
a. Yes, Scale offers comprehensive asset management services. Scale’s Network Operating Center (NOC) offers 24/7/365 remote monitoring, sensing, and real time alerts. Scale’s network of technicians provides preventative and proactive maintenance, equipment replacements, and subject matter experts in key hubs that respond to more challenging issues on demand.
b. Scale’s warranty covers the lifetime of the agreement under the MSA structure, at a minimum of 10 years for a capital sale.