Short Term and Portable Renewable Energy Solutions

Posted on — By Anthony Tully

In the world of renewable energy, the name of the game is efficiency and redundancy. There are a multitude of ways to generate energy from renewable resources. Common sources of renewable energy are solar, wind and geothermal. But, there are newer and lesser known forms of energy generation such as tidal and bioenergy. The form of renewable energy generation that is abundant in your zone is dependent on climate, geography and/or geological characteristics. For example, if you live in a location that receives consistent wind speeds >5 m/s, then wind energy would be a good option for renewable energy generation.

In the Las Vegas region, the most viable form of renewable electrical generation is through Photovoltaics (PV). According to Current Results, according the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Las Vegas receives 6 kWh/m^2/day of Solar Radiation, which makes it among the sunniest cities in the U.S.  Thus, in the past 10 years, the solar market has exploded in and around Las Vegas. From residential and commercial installations across the valley, to the 377MW Ivanpah solar power plant located just outside the state line. Even the world-famous Las Vegas sign has made the conversion to 100-percent solar power.

Solar applications will only continue to spread throughout the Las Vegas region, as the technology becomes cheaper and the efficiency of PV panels becomes greater.  PV systems are more affordable today than they have ever been, as the cost per/watt has dropped to $0.64.  This can also be offset by the overall savings and utility/government incentives earned by the energy it produces.  However, what if you do not need a long term solar application but want to utilize solar energy? What if you do not have a permanent location for your solar array? Thankfully, there is now a solution for this.

Bombard Renewable Energy, a Nevada based renewable energy solutions provider, has been working in the Vegas solar market since 2007, and have installed more solar PV panels than all other Nevada electric contractors. More recently, Bombard has come out with a new application of PV generation for less permanent installations. Sparked by a need for renewable energy solutions on their own construction sites, Bombard set out to provide commercial solar energy to a new market. Their Solar Trailer is a complete PV system on wheels, and can be set up on a construction site, an event site, or any other location where there is adequate space and sun.

Bombard currently has three different sizes of trailers available.  These units range from 15.5 feet to 19 feet in length. Each option contains a solar photovoltaic array to supply power to an inverter that will convert DC to AC for compatibility with most 120/240 VAC devices.  This unit also includes a battery for energy storage.   Newer and more advanced options include higher peak power production and propane generators.  The generators can help cover higher energy loads during times of non-peak PV power generation.  The Solar trailer is a versatile system that can be used to supplement in times of power outages or for planned events.

Over the coming years, I project that the demand for portable, renewable systems will increase as the cost to build and operate them decreases. This will allow more individuals with opportunities to offset carbon emissions, even during an event.