Five Yale students designed an off-grid renewable energy system for a meat processing plant in Montana. The plant’s nonprofit owner sought to achieve independence from the local energy grid. The Yale team recommended a hybrid solar-wind-storage system, plus a backup gas generator, to optimize cost and reliability.
- Large commercial and small industrial operations can utilize 100% renewable hybrid configurations to self-generate clean power while maintaining reliability.
- Businesses can benefit from consultants with specific insights in renewable energy to design and implement personalized renewable energy systems and perform diligence for specific jurisdictions.
- The off-grid model presented here is replicable worldwide.
- Industry professionals can replicate these best practices in system modeling, power cost modeling, supply research, legal diligence, and grant aid research.
Yale TPP Student Team (from left to right): Ayush Acharya1, Joe Boland2, Caroline Heilbrun1, Helena Lam1, Steve Yannacone1
1Yale School of the Environment