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  • Erin Sharp

Industrial real estate comes to the rescue for climate change

The U.S. industrial real estate sector is driving the charge to meet aggressive reductions in carbon and energy-efficiency goals by using solar energy coupled with battery storage and EV Charging hubs.

Distributed energy resource hubs are often located at industrial sites, which may include EV charging hubs.  These DERS are highly valuable as energy management hubs that optimize energy consumption and maximize the use of all onsite DERs, including storage, solar, and EV charging. 

New revenue sources are possible by leveraging energy storage as a dual-use asset and connecting DERs to electricity markets in the U.S. to generate revenue for commercial and industrial energy users while contributing to a more sustainable and resilient electric grid.  

The industrial sector has consumed 79% more energy than the commercial sector over the past 10 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).1 CBRE’s 2022 U.S. Industrial & Logistics Occupier Survey found that power supply is among the three most important site-selection criteria for industrial occupiers, reflecting the large amount of electricity they use and the attractiveness of renewable energy sources.

Large industrial facilities (100,000+ sq. ft.) are ideal for solar-panel installations, particularly in markets with high amounts of new construction. 

 As the U.S. sets aggressive carbon reduction goals, utilizing solar energy to power modern bulk industrial buildings also has the potential to increase operational efficiency and profitability for building owners.

Zam Energy has the project management team that can independently consult on running energy optimization case scenarios to help your team decide how and when to best move ahead in leading the change for carbon reduction.  We will partner with your team to develop the project, bringing in the right partners with deep experience to ensure you have a world class execution team that will give your industrial site a high priority. A warehouse or factory roof is the ideal setting for a solar system. Solar on the roof does pay back on roofs of industrial plants and these sun driven power plants can offset energy expenses and offer a quick return on investment due to the high roof square footage. Module-level power electronics, power optimizers, and micro-inverters improve the electricity production of each panel in complex solar panel systems. 

Zam Energy has been in the renewable energy industry since 2011 and teams with top tier, deep pocket partners who are engaged to design, construct and operate. As a developer, Zam Energy ensures all incentives, permits and zoning is secured, as well as giving clients access to our Private Equity partners who can own and operate the power plant reducing financial risk for the owners of the real estate asset.   Let’s run the financials - there is often no cost for an energy assessment.

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