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Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources and Net Zero Energy Solutions

Custom-built CHP, Cogeneration, District Energy 
& Trigeneration Energy Systems

Demand Side Management, District Energy, 
Micro-Grid & Net Zero Energy Solutions

Produce the Clean Power & Energy Your Business Requires with a; CHP, 
Cogeneration or Trigeneration energy system for a fuel cost of 4 cents/kWh 
(with natural gas priced at $4.00/mmbtu)


What are "Distributed Energy Resources"?

Distributed Energy Resources (DER) are small, modular, "onsite power generation" systems and energy storage technologies that provide electric capacity or thermal energy (i.e. hot water, chilled water, steam) at the residential, commercial or industrial client's home or business.

Distributed Energy Resources energy systems range in size from 3-5 kW for homes up to 10 MW for large commercial and industrial customers.

Distributed Energy Resources may include:

• Absorption chillers
• Battery Energy Storage
• Bulk Energy Storage
• CHP systems
• Cogeneration
• Compressed Air Energy Storage
• Demand Side Management
• Distributed PV (photovoltaic)
• Ecogeneration
• Energy Storage & Pumped Hydrostorage
• Flywheel Energy Storage
• Frequency Regulation
• Fuel Cells
• Geothermal
• Landfill gas to energy
• Load Leveling
• Micro-Grid
• Molten Salt Storage
• Net Zero Energy
• Peak Shifting
• Quadgeneration
• Rooftop PV (photovoltaic)
• Solar Cogeneration
• Solar Trigeneration
• Solar thermal systems (produces hot water)
• Trigeneration
• Waste Heat Recovery

Distributed Energy Resources are highly flexible, scalable and adaptable and can be be sized to meet any customer's specific power and energy requirements.  Because Distributed Energy Resources are flexible and scalable DER systems can be installed to operate with the local electric grid, or as a "micro-grid" with no connection to the local electric grid also known as island mode or stand-alone mode.

As Distributed Energy Resources and the Micro-Grid will eventually replace the inefficient electric grid and highly-polluting & wasteful "central power plants."

Distributed Energy Resources

Absorption Chillers  *  CHP Systems  *  Net Zero Energy  *  Solar Cogeneration  *  Trigeneration


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Clean Power Generation Solutions

clean power generation systems are a superior "micro-grid
demand side management solution for data centers, hospitals, 
universities and new real estate developments "
net zero energy" solutions. 

CHP Systems
(Cogeneration and Trigeneration) Plants 
Have Very  High Efficiencies, Low Fuel Costs & Low Emissions

With Natural Gas prices at $5.00/mmbtu, our Clean Power Generation  
plants generate power for a fuel cost at about $0.05/kWh.

The CHP System below is Rated at 900 kW and Features:
(2) Natural Gas Engines @ 450 kW each on one Skid with Optional 
Selective Catalytic Reduction
system that removes Nitrogen Oxides to "non-detect."

The Effective Heat Rate of the CHP System below is 
4100 btu/kW with a Net System Efficiency of 92%.


CHP System may be the best solution for your company's economic and environmental sustainability as we "upgrade" natural gas to clean power with our clean power generation solutions.

Our Emissions Abatement solutions reduce Nitrogen Oxides to "non-detect" which means our CHP Systems can be installed and operated in most EPA non-attainment regions!

How are Distributed Energy Resources systems and technologies used?

Distributed Energy Resources systems can be used in several ways including managing/reducing energy expenses and ensuring reliable power by augmenting your current energy services. 

Distributed Energy Resources systems also enable a facility to operate independently of the electric power grid, whether by choice or out of necessity. 

Distributed Energy Resources improve a customer's "carbon footprint" by significantly reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and increasing overall energy efficiency.

Utilities can use Distributed Energy Resources technologies to delay, reduce, or even eliminate the need to obtain additional power generation, transmission, and distribution equipment and infrastructure.  At the same time, DER systems can provide voltage support and enhance local reliability.

Distributed Energy Resources are an ideal "demand side management" solution.

How do I know if
Distributed Energy Resources systems and technologies are the right choice for my facility?

In today's economy and increasing pressure for businesses to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, there are several economic and environmental factors making Distributed Energy Resources a serious option and alternative.  These include the high prices of electricity from the electric grid/electric utility company as well as high natural gas costs from the natural gas utilities.  Uncertainties regarding foreign oil, "peak oil" and the ever-increasing potential for disruptions in electricity service and oil from foreign oil countries are causing managers and CEO's of businesses to consider alternatives to traditional energy providers and for new ways to supplement or augment their present energy situation and present suppliers.

This is particularly crucial where a facility’s energy-producing and electric grid infrastructure are aging. The performance, cost, and availability of DER technologies have all been improving steadily over the past several years.  New Distributed Energy Resources systems and technologies are significantly more efficient than even ten years ago.  Replacing or upgrading your present energy problems with Distributed Energy Resources may pay for itself sooner than expected. 

Energy security as well as price of energy has never been a greater concern to businesses and their managers/CEO's and CFO's.  Distributed Energy Resources systems can provide the requisite power and energy needed for mission-critical loads, reduce hazardous or costly power outages, and diversify the local energy supply.

The Electric Grid from Power Plant to Load Center and Customer
Photo courtesy Energy.gov


What is Energy Master Planning?

An Energy Master Plan is becoming a vital service for companies seeking to not only remain competitive in otday's global environment, but also a necessity now that greenhouse gas reporting is becoming an urgent issue for thousands of business in the U.S.  Thousands of businesses are now required to report their greenhouse gas emissions to the EPA. Our Energy Master Plan format has been changed to address these concerns for all of the businesses we perform energy master planning services for.

Our energy master planning services are also focused in a broader focus as well for our customers interested in sustainable energy solutions for reducing their carbon footprint, fossil fuel intensity, total energy expenses, potential for blackouts as well as their overall vulnerabilities to being "tied" to their specific electric utility. Our energy master planning services also improve the air quality and work environment for all of our client's stakeholders through our focus on triple bottom-line results.

Our energy master planning services are not solely focused on our client's facilities' "demand side" of the energy equation, but also how our client's energy is acquired and purchased on their supply side. Our energy master plan begins with a review of our client's past three years electricity, natural gas, oil, waste and water expenditures and depending on the final requirements and project scope authorized by the client, will typically include;


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Distributed Energy Resources

Absorption Chillers  *  CHP Systems  *  Cogeneration  Engine Condition  *  Micro-Grid  * 
Net Zero Energy

Solar Cogeneration  Solar Thermal Systems  *  Trigeneration  *  Waste Heat Recovery


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What is "Net Zero Energy?"

Net Zero Energy - when applied to a home or commercial building, simply means that they generate as much power and energy as they consume, when measured on an annual basis.

The U.S. Army now has a Net Zero Energy initiative to help reduce/eliminate America's use of foreign oil  - particularly oil from muslim/middle-east countries - which saves the lives of our brave soldiers in the military.

Why "Net Zero Energy Matters

Americans spend more than $400 billion every year for electricity and natural gas for our homes and commercial buildings, consuming more than 70% of all the  electricity used in the United States, which is about 40% of our nation's total energy bill. This also contributes almost 40% of the nation's carbon dioxide emissions.

By standardizing on Net Zero Energy and upgrading existing commercial buildings to Net Zero Energy, the USA increases energy efficiency and reduces the purchases of energy from all sources, both foreign and domestic.

Net Zero Energy Protects your Financial Health

The average family spends $2,200 each year on the power and energy needed for their homes. A Net Zero Energy home can reduce this amount by 80% to 100%.

Net Zero Energy Protects your Health and the Environment

Did you know that buildings (homes and commercial buildings) are responsible for: 

These harmful emissions are generated from the combustion of fossil fuels, which cause acid rain, haze, smog and cause breathing/respiratory problems for thousands of people. By increasing the energy efficiency of our country's homes and commercial buildings, we reduce these harmful emissions while reducing our monthly utility and transportation expenses. Imagine, never again receiving a monthly bill from your electric power or natural gas utility company!  Having a Net Zero Energy home or business can do that, and in fact, you can even "cut the cord" to the electric company with a Net Zero Energy home or commercial building!

Net Zero Energy buildings also help our country to achieve the goal of reducing our energy-related greenhouse gas emissions 17% by 2020.

Net Zero Energy Protects America's Economy and Leads to Energy Independence

The USA is still dependent on foreign oil.  Each day, the USA shifts the wealth of Americans, to foreign countries and foreign jobs.  With oil at $100/bbl, Americans send about $1.3 billion for the foreign oil we buy which adds up to almost $1/2 trillion every year. And that's also costing America thousands of jobs.
Net Zero Energy will help America become energy independent, create thousands of jobs in the USA and reduce our dependence on foreign oil from insecure sources and from countries that do not agree with our country's leadership or policies.

Building (and upgrading) homes and commercial buildings to Net Zero Energy with less reduces the problems relating to an old, inefficient electric power grid. Increased Net Zero Energy homes and commercial buildings also saves the need for building new central power plants running on fossil fuels, that are still highly inefficient at no more than 50% efficient. 

What does a Net Zero Energy home or building look like?

Net Zero Energy homes and commercial buildings can look like any other residential home, hospital, school or commercial office building, they do NOT have to be ugly or modern in appearance to be Net Zero Energy

And, your present home or commercial building can be updated to Net Zero Energy.

What are Buildings of the Future?

Buildings of the Future are totally sustainable, built with all sustainable materials, include rainwater collection and at the heart of all Buildings of the Future, are "Net Zero Energy" systems, which allow the building owner to operate with or without connection to the electric utility.








Power, Efficiency and Resiliency (POWER) Act

Press Release
June 19, 2014
by Allyson Y. Schwartz

Washington, D.C - U.S. Representatives Allyson Y. Schwartz (PA-13), Chris Gibson (NY-19), Joseph Crowley (NY-14), Peter King (NY-2), and Richard Neal (MA-01) introduced the bipartisan Power, Efficiency and Resiliency (POWER) Act today. The legislation modifies tax incentives for two energy efficient technologies, combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat to power (WHP). 

CHP systems generate both electricity and heat from a single fuel source. According to a study from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, CHP could be used to produce up to 20 percent of U.S. electrical capacity by 2030. This level of deployment would generate $234 billion in new investment, create nearly one million new highly skilled jobs, dramatically reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions, and improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing by reducing energy costs. Additionally, by generating power where it is used, CHP systems ensure that critical facilities-such as hospitals, police stations and water treatment plants-are able to continue operating when the electrical grid goes down.

WHP systems recover the waste heat produced by industrial processes and use it to generate electricity. An Environmental Protection Agency Study estimated that WHP could be used to produce 10 gigawatts of emissions free electricity (enough to power 10 million homes), reduce costs to industry by $3 billion, and create 160,000 jobs.

"The Power Act incentivizes investment in energy efficient systems that protect our environment, encourage economic growth, and ensure that hospitals and other critical facilities are able to continue operating in emergencies, even when the electric grid goes down" said Schwartz. "That is why this legislation has the support of Democrats and Republicans, as well as a diverse coalition of business, labor, energy and environmental organizations." 

"This common-sense legislation will encourage investment in technologies that reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, put people to work, and make sustainable energy systems more accessible to consumers," said Congressman Chris Gibson. "These systems are especially important to hospitals and emergency services in rural areas, where there's a greater risk of power outages due to severe weather and limited infrastructure."

"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, even those areas least affected by the storm lost power for over a week -- with the exception of homes and businesses powered by CHP systems, such as in Co-op City in the Bronx. But it's not only the reliability of CHP systems that makes them attractive, it is also the fact that there are significant environmental benefits as well," said Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx). "I'm proud to join my colleagues in introducing bipartisan legislation that will help to strengthen critical infrastructure and generate economic growth."

The POWER Act reduces the initial capital cost of deploying these energy efficient projects by providing CHP and WHP with tax incentives on par with those available for renewable energy. Specifically, the legislation:

1. Increases the investment tax credit (ITC) for combined heat and power from 10 percent to 30 percent

Increasing the credit to 30 percent will place CHP on par with other energy sources that benefit from the ITC, including solar and fuel cells.

2. Applies the ITC to waste heat to power

Waste heat to power systems are currently excluded from the ITC.

3. Applies the ITC to the first 25 megawatts (MW)Power Eff of CHP projects-up from 15 MW-and eliminates the 50 MW project size cap

Expanding the ITC will incentivize additional projects, increasing the impact of the ITC and resulting benefits 

4. Extends the Investment Tax Credit for an additional two years, through 2018. 

In order to be eligible for the ITC, projects must be operation before the credit expires-December 31, 2016 under current law. A two year extension will provide a reasonable time frame for equipment purchase, installation, and permitting.


Absorption Chillers  *  Battery Energy Storage  *  CHP systems  *  Cogeneration  *  Demand Side Management

Distributed PV  *  Ecogeneration  *  Flywheel Energy Storage  *  Frequency Regulation  *  Fuel Cells

Landfill Gas to Energy  *  Load Leveling  *  Micro-Grid  *  Net Zero Energy  *  Peak Shifting  *  Quadgeneration

Rooftop PV  *  Solar Thermal Systems  *  Trigeneration  *  Waste Heat Recovery


Distributed Energy Resources

Absorption Chillers  *  CHP Systems  *  Net Zero Energy  *  Solar Cogeneration  *  Trigeneration



About us:

The founder of the Renewable Energy Institute (REI) was first involved in Net Zero Energy buildings and Solar Trigeneration sm energy system in 2001 - 2002.  This started with family-owned real estate developments in Northern and Southern California.  This interest was accelerated when REI's founder was introduced to the President of a solar company in Los Angeles and their client, the Audubon Nature Center at Deb's Park (Los Angeles) that was planning to build a new 5,000 sf office and conference center. Except, the new building for the Audubon Nature Center was about 1/2 mile from the end of the power lines and a very costly extension of the power lines to their new facility forced them to consider a solar solution. When the Audubon Nature Center's new 5,000 sf office and conference center was completed in 2003, the facility not only featured the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - they were awarded one of the first Platinum LEED Awards by the USGBC - and the powerlines were still 1/2 mile away! To this day, 100% of the power and energy for the Audubon Nature Center's building is supplied by the Solar Trigeneration sm energy system - whether at 12 noon, or 12 midnite.  (The Audubon's facility also includes a battery energy storage system for back-up power generated by the Rooftop PV panels as well as a thermal energy storage system that stores the excess hot water generated by the evacuated tube collectors).

These early projects led to more client inquiries and engagements with real estate developers, architects and building owners in Southern California, Louisiana and Texas and the advent of a growing Net Zero Energy industry along with Solar Cogeneration sm  & Solar Trigeneration sm energy systems. This culminated in a family-owned 200 (Net Zero Energy) home real estate development in Desert Hot Springs which has been approved but not yet constructed. 

During this time, the REI's Founder became a volunteer and Advisor to the University of Texas' Solar Decathlon Competition. He coordinated the donation of the same solar thermal system used at the Audubon Nature Center's facility in Los Angeles, for UT's entry in the 2002 Solar Decathlon Competition in Washington, D.C.  UT's entry in the Solar Decathlon Competition placed 1st in the domestic hot water competition that year (2002) and 4th overall, out of 20 universities that had entered. 

In 2006, after Hurricane Kattrina devastated New Orleans, the REI was formed and several of the REI's board members and a Professor from the University of Texas School of Architecture formed a design team to enter the Brad Pitt/Global Green Rebuild New Orleans Competition.  Our entry also focused on sustainable building solutions and materials as well as the Net Zero Energy concepts, incorporating once again, a Solar Trigeneration sm energy system. 

Today, the REI "Flagship" has chartered the Renewable Energy Institute in Florida, with discussions to open REI state chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Minnesota and Oregon. 

The REI supports greater use of Net Zero Energy systems by architects, builders, homeowners and owners of commercial buildings. This includes "upgrading" homes and commercial buildings to Net Zero Energy.  The REI provides Net Zero Energy; advertising, business development, conferences, e-commerce, education, marketing, online marketing, public relations, renewable energy, sales and strategic marketing solutions for architects, builders, cities, colleges, HVAC contractors, Net Zero Energy developers, real estate developers and universities.

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