CalCom Solar expands on its leadership in solar for agriculture and water with a name change indicative of the company's long-term strategy. CalCom Energy, launching this week with a rebranded web site and identity, more aptly reflects the company's focus on providing integrated energy solutions to the agriculture, water and utility markets.
"We're at a crossroads where the water-energy-food nexus is intricately intertwined," explained Dylan Dupre, President & CEO of CalCom Energy. "We are more than just a solar company. We are developing innovative distributed energy solutions to reduce the energy-dense activities of food production, drastically decrease water use, and ultimately shrink our carbon footprint. Our name change reflects our commitment to this work."
CalCom has been at the forefront of renewable energy in California, earning a spot in the prestigious Inc. 500 Top 25 for two years running. The company leads the industry in the number of commercial solar interconnections in PG&E's territory (www.calssa.org).
CalCom's announcement coincides with positive news across the clean energy sector. In California, Senate Bill 700 makes its way through key committees of the California Legislature. The bi-partisan supported bill aims to expand energy storage incentives to $1.3 billion with a five-year extension of the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) through 2026. In addition, Bloomberg New Energy Finance recently estimated that battery storage will reshape the energy system, enabling solar and wind to account for half of all global electricity generation by 2050 (2018 New Energy Outlook).
"We are on the cusp of a new era where clean energy will rapidly eclipse fossil fuels as the primary source of power generation," Dupre remarked. "Over the next 10 years the costs of renewable generation will continue to fall, and with the arrival of affordable battery technology, the entire energy landscape is shifting. For the first time in history we will be able to cost-effectively generate, store and move energy intelligently across the grid -- which will completely transform the energy landscape and move us closer to the future of a distributed architecture for the utility smart grid."
Already, CalCom agriculture customers like D'Arrigo Bros. of California have adopted a distributed energy resources approach that includes large-scale PV, energy storage, and utility billing monitoring and analytics. D'Arrigo is adding two large (528 kW / 520 kW) batteries at their cooling facility to reduce demand charges and load-shift energy to different time of use (TOU) utility rate periods. They will also provide backup power to critical loads.
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