From today’s technologies to emerging nascent offerings, we future-proof your clean energy assets.
Demand for renewable energy & capacity is growing fast and is projected to accelerate exponentially in the coming years. RAI Energy continually analyzes the rapidly changing dynamics of the clean energy market, bringing a future-focused orientation to each of our projects. This allows us to develop solutions that move the energy sector toward decarbonization using the latest technologies and tools.
Solar power is our DNA. It’s the most abundant renewable energy source and has significantly decreased in cost over the last decade. That’s why solar was the No. 1 source of new utility-scale power in 2020, followed by record-setting installation in 2021. Our utility solar pipeline continues to grow as offtakers increasingly seek decarbonization solutions.
Battery storage is key to developing a more sustainable, resilient and efficient grid. Infinitely flexible, battery energy storage systems (BESS) can be co-located at the energy generation source or sited separately. In fact, siting batteries separately allows placing them in an optimal position to provide more benefits to the electricity network.
Batteries provide ideal short-duration (four-hour) storage to help reduce the need for gas peakers by allowing solar power captured during the day to be discharged later to meet increased evening demand. Other solutions such as pumped hydro or compressed air can offer longer duration (eight or more hours) storage for at least a full day of ready renewable energy for increased flexibility during prolonged demand peaks. RAI Energy’s team of experts can help determine if stand-alone storage can meet power needs.
Combining solar and storage technologies together onsite can create efficiencies and maximize value in our projects. For example, solar power produced during the day can be captured in batteries that can discharge during the evening to meet peak demand, smoothing the “duck curve” and avoiding curtailment issues in states like California. Our hybrid installations offer one-of-a-kind systems to provide our community choice aggregator (CCA) and other utility partners with the flexibility they seek.
Interest is growing in green hydrogen — hydrogen produced through electrolysis powered by renewable sources such as wind, solar or hydro — as a means of electrifying the grid with low-carbon fuels. RAI Energy continues to explore green hydrogen through pilot projects to assess its commercial feasibility for our customers.
In addition to green hydrogen, green ammonia, advanced geothermal, and advanced biomass are technologies RAI Energy is evaluating as they show promise in certain use cases.
At RAI Energy, we understand that clean energy projects offer extraordinary possibilities in a challenging and fast evolving market. Selecting an experienced team that understands and can manage the complexities of renewables is incredibly important. From siting land to financing, construction and energization, a highly-skilled developer partner is crucial.
At RAI Energy, we understand that clean energy projects can be challenging. Selecting an experienced team that understands and can manage the complexities of renewables is incredibly important. From siting land to financing, construction and energization, a highly-skilled developer partner is crucial.