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Solar PV

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) is a technology that converts sunlight (solar radiation) into direct current electricity by using semiconductors. When the sun hits the semiconductor within the PV cell, electrons are freed and form an electric current. Multiple Solar Panels can be wired together to form an array, which can be scaled up or down to produce the amount of power needed.

The most common type of Solar PV System is called a Grid-Tied solar array. A Grid-Tied solar array allows a facility to draw energy from the Solar Array as it produces electricity during the day, but allows the customer draw energy from their utility grid when the Solar Array is not producing any energy.

Solar PV Solutions can be configured and mounted in the following ways: Ground Mount, Roof Mount, Carport, Ballasted

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Floatovoltaics

Solential Energy is the first commercial solar company in the Midwest to offer floatovoltaics, which are photovoltaic solar arrays installed over water rather than on open land, rooftops or canopies. We have partnered with the leader in floatovoltaic racking systems, Ciel et Terre, which originated the technology more than a decade ago and has installations around the globe.

The ideal locations for floatovoltaics are bodies of water not used for recreational purposes, including:

  • Wastewater treatment lagoons
  • Drinking water reservoirs
  • Water retention ponds
  • Irrigation + agriculture ponds
  • Retired quarry lakes or tailings ponds

Floatovoltaics creates a dual use for the land where the body of water is located. For example, installing floatovoltaics on a wastewater treatment lagoon enables a municipality to generate clean, renewable energy while the lagoon does its primary job of water treatment. Locating floatovoltaics on retired mines or quarries creates a valuable new use for previously unusable or undesirable land. Here are other reasons floatovoltaic solar arrays are on the rise:

  • Water-mounted arrays preserve valuable land for other uses such as agriculture, park lands, wildlife areas, residential, and greenspaces.
  • The arrays make bodies of water healthier by shading the water which inhibits algae growth.
  • Water evaporation is slowed due to the panels absorbing the sun’s rays.
  • Solar energy production is more efficient as water acts as a natural coolant to the panels.
  • Easy to install and maintain.

There is a significant opportunity for floatovoltaic solar arrays in the Midwest, particularly among water and wastewater treatment facilities that can be landlocked with no room for ground-mounted arrays. Floating solar arrays are the perfect solution, generating renewable energy to the power the plants while using lagoons and reservoirs for an additional purpose. Other significant opportunities are food processing plants, large farm enterprises with holding ponds, and retired quarries and coal mines. These arrays are flexible in design and can range from 100 kW to 100+ MW of power.

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Micro-Grid

For high energy users sometimes Solar and Battery Storage isn't enough to provide them with the power their facility needs.

In a Micro-Grid System you have power generation, energy storage systems, control systems, and demand elimination systems all working together to provide your facility with constant energy and power. Micro-Grid systems have the capability to be integrated with Solar and other Renewable generation methods.

Micro-Grids Solutions are a great way to eliminate Energy and Demand charges from your utility bill. They help provide reliable and cleaner energy to your facility.

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Battery Storage

Solar and Battery are better together.

Solar PV systems deliver energy to your organization during the day. At night or days that the sun is not shining you are having to purchase your energy from the utility grid at a high rate.

By incorporating Solar and Battery Storage together you are able to store excess energy during the day and use it at night or during periods of high energy or demand use. This allows you to use your energy when you need it the most, you now can reduce your purchased energy from the gird while also shaving off your peak demand charges. The result is more annual savings to your business.

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