Resource-conscious building owners and managers admit that maintaining energy levels to meet facility demands–at an affordable level–sometimes can prove to be a challenge. To help meet this challenge head on, Sharp Electronics Corp., Camas, Wash., the U.S. subsidiary of Japan’s Sharp Corp., announces Sharp’s SmartStorage energy solution,

Developed in the United States at Camas, Wash.-based Sharp Laboratories of America, SmartStorage is an energy-storage solution that, according to Sharp, can dramatically cut utility demand charges for commercial and industrial buildings.

“We are confident that our SmartStorage product brings Sharp’s innovation, reliability and quality to the emerging energy storage market,” says Carl Mansfield, General Manager of Sharp’s Energy Systems and Services Group.

“Our product’s combination of cutting-edge hardware, integrated with Sharp’s unique software, and backed by our 10-year O&M (operations & maintenance) service and performance guarantee,” he continues, “provides a turnkey solution that works widely for commercial and industrial business owners.”

SmartStorage keeps a large amount of electric energy stored in reserve, which it selectively releases in order to limit a facility’s electricity demand. The system employs sophisticated, predictive controls to manage the release of this energy to achieve performance, efficiency and reliability.

SmartStorage operates effectively either as a standalone solution or when deployed together with a solar electric installation. Each case, the company explains, can result in lower demand charges for building owners, which is especially important with rising energy rates.

“HelioPower views SmartStorage as a game-changer for clean-energy in California,” comments Brandon Conard, chief strategy officer of HelioPower,, Murrieta, Calif., an integrated energy solutions company with more than 4,000 solar and clean energy installations to date in the California market.

“Previously,” continues Conard, “there was no good solution for buildings with either crowded roofs or high demand charges. We have reviewed a number of other emerging storage offers and believe that SmartStorage, backed by Sharp’s world-class combination of technology, reliability and service track record, is the best product in the market.”

With recently signed distribution agreements and initial product orders, Sharp is collaborating with California-based project development allies to roll out SmartStorage to business owners throughout the state. The company reports SmartStorage underwent rigorous quality assurance testing, with performance and reliability validated at a commercial building pilot deployment in San Diego.

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