Energy Toolbase and Arch Solar Deploy Storage System at 40-acre Senior Community Center



Energy Toolbase (ETB) has implemented its Acumen EMS control software for an energy storage system it has installed Arch Solar, a solar contractor based in Plymouth, Wisconsin. In 2022, Arch Solar installed a BYD Chess unit equipped with Acumen EMS at a 40-acre senior center in Sheboygan.

Supported by a state Energy Innovation Grant (EIGP) grant, this project is projected to reduce at least 28% of the campus’ current energy mix, saving more than $27,000 annually. The building is sustainably designed and includes several significant renewable features, such as water storage systems and a 200 kW solar field.

Equipped with a 120 kW BYD Chess unit, the Acumen EMS system reduces demand costs with a shaving peak. By leveraging the Energy Toolbase’s modeling and deployment functions, Arch Solar and the host customer also gain visibility into the operation of the energy storage system using the ETB Monitor platform; In addition, the platform allows the customer to analyze system performance in real time and monitor bill savings, customize alerts, skip events, schedule shipping commands, and more.

The project has garnered a lot of community support, with several community members contributing financially in hopes of using the site as a model for other organizations going solar in the state. In addition to the EIGP grant, Arch Solar received a grant from Solar for Good, which donated $25,000 worth of solar panels to the project.

“Working with ETB for a reliable storage solution at a time when half of China is shut down and supply chain issues have been a blessing,” says Mike Cornell, Arch Solar’s Project Manager and CIO. “Not only did ETB provide us with the right solution on time, but the all-in-one package made the installation much simpler and more efficient. We install products from ETB over and over again.

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