What is Instant Demand?
Instead of billing your business’ actual energy consumption, energy companies bill you based off your peak demand—the 60 seconds of the day when you use the most energy.
Typically this peak demand comes from the first moments of your workday when all of the machines in your property are turned on—computers, HVAC, lights, other machines, etc.
This means no matter how good your employees get at turning off the lights in the break room, it won’t lower your bill.
Can solar power lower your commercial electric bill?
Solar can solve the instant demand pricing problem! If your peak demand if under 50 kw/min (Black Hills) or 25 kw/min (San Isabel,) the power your solar panels produce will offset your peak energy consumption.
But what happens if your peak demand is still more than the cutoff?
Steel City Solar can set up systems to stagger the startup sequence of your HVAC, effectively spreading out that initial energy consumption over several minutes and preventing the 60 second peak demand.