Powerit’s Spara system enables users to automatically increase energy efficiency, cut peak-rate usage, participate in demand response programs, and respond to dynamic pricing advantageously without compromising quality, production, or comfort.
The Four Start Fruit project integrates automated demand response (Auto-DR) technology and energy efficiency (EE), and it is among the first projects jointly financed by Southern California Edison’s EE and Auto-DR incentive programs. Using Powerit’s Spara product, Four Star Fruit, a table grape producer, reduced its electric bill 16 percent annually and achieved ROI in less than two months.
‘It’s gratifying to earn a second award for our exciting work in California, where Auto-DR is really taking off. This successful project speaks to the kind of real value our technology is bringing to businesses. Spara enables optimal energy management, providing an unparalleled balance of demand control, effective participation in Auto-DR, and ability to meet production needs,’ says Bob Zak, general manager and president of Powerit Solutions North America. Powerit Solutions’ Spara installation at Four Star Fruit, published online as a case study earlier this year by Food Manufacturing, demonstrates that a smart grid project integrating Auto-DR and EE initiatives can accelerate energy and demand savings, reduce project costs, and improve DR performance. Four Star’s ROI on the Spara system was less than two months, and it’s saving 16 percent annually on its electricity bill through integrated EE, Auto-DR, and demand control strategies. Peak demand reduction alone lowered the cost 5 percent.
The Buildy Awards were presented Thursday, May 26, as part of the Connectivity Week 2011 Conference and Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
The company also surpassed its committed demand reduction in both DR events called by SCE last season. This success is due at least partly to the integrated system plant managers use Powerit’s integrated system daily for EE, so they’re familiar with how it works and thus are more confident in DR participation.
‘Beyond lowering our energy bill? Obviously this is a huge benefit we really appreciate the new level of operational transparency that Spara provides,’ notes Jesse Munguia, cold storage operations manager of Four Star Fruit. ‘We’ve gone into the 21st century with the new visibility it affords; it’s such a benefit to be able to monitor and control each refrigerated grape room on a real-time basis.’