Company Overview

Improving Resiliency and Reducing Environmental Impact with Distributed Renewable Energy Solutions
Tyler Adkins, Urban Green Energy
With the increasing frequency of extreme weather events and aging grid infrastructure, reliable energy systems are more important than ever. Compared with the
conventional grid-tied alternative, on-site renewable energy systems provide a wide range of benefits, including:
Energy security
• Off-grid solutions work 365 days (and nights) of the year, unaffected by grid outages
• Hybrid wind/solar energy systems are complementary and provide ultimate reliability
• Smart energy storage systems ensure uptime
Energy cost
• Reduce monthly energy bills & exposure to energy price volatility
• Smart electronics allow for remote monitoring and control – eliminate costly site visits, minimize
• Upgrade existing systems without interference with roadways, plumbing, fire hydrants, or other networks
• Avoid cost and hassle of connecting to utility grid
• Meet sustainability goals by powering systems with clean energy of wind and sun
• Contribute toward LEED points for on-site renewable energy
• Outsized environmental impact: 1 kWh of on-site energy = 3 kWh power plant energy
• Highly visible sustainability statement
New York City-based Urban Green Energy is providing distributed renewable energy solutions for governments, institutions, corporations and others, in more
than 80 countries.
Tyler Adkins is the director of outdoor lighting solutions at Urban Green Energy, a NYC-based renewable energy solution provider. UGE puts users in control of their energy
source by deploying hybrid wind, solar and storage solutions for use in off-grid lighting applications, enterprise solutions, and telecom towers in more than 80 countries around
the world. From parking lot lighting in Brooklyn, to large infrastructure projects in the developing world, Tyler leads UGE's efforts to engage government, institutional, and
commercial clients in understanding the economic, sustainability and energy security benefits of renewable-powered lighting solutions.
Tyler holds an M.Sc in Sustainability Science from Lund University, Sweden and moved to New York City in October 2012 - the day before Superstorm Sandy exposed the
dire need for more resilient, robust, and sustainable infrastructure.
TRB Summer Conference:
Improving Energy Security &
Sustainability with Distributed
Renewable Energy
Tyler Adkins - June 18, 2014
 Distributed renewable energy overview
 Case Study: Renewable-powered off-grid lighting
 Q&A
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UGE is a Leader in Distributed Renewable Energy (DRE) Solutions
Solutions Approach
New York
& Supply
UGE Office Locations
UGE Sales Locations
1,500 installations deployed in 90 countries
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Centralized vs. Distributed Power Production
Power Plant
Generates Electricity
Transmission Lines Carry
Electricity Long Distances
Distribution Lines Carry
Electricity To Houses
Transformers On Poles Step
Down Electricity Before It Enters
Transformer Steps Up Neighborhood Transformer
Voltage For
Steps Down Voltage
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Centralized vs. Distributed Power Production
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Why Distributed Renewable Energy?
Every facility in the world
has an energy deficiency
that is a mix of energy
security, energy cost, and
Energy Cost
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Energy Security
Increasing frequency of
extreme weather events and
aging grid infrastructure
systems mean reliable energy
systems are more important
than ever
 Hybrid wind/solar systems ensure ultimate
 Smart electronics provide continued service,
even when grid is unavailable
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Case Study New Caledonia: Microgrid
Project Overview
The New Caledonia Telecom microgrid allows for constant
uptime and minimal operating expenditure
Project Details
Located: Île Ouen, New Caledonia
Installed: January 2014
Solar PV: 6kW
Wind Turbine: 1kW
Storage: 2500Ah 48V VRLA Gel battery bank
ROI: 1.5 Years
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Energy Cost
Energy prices are volatile and rising, which leaves customers vulnerable to
unforeseen price increases and unable to budget with confidence
On-site energy systems
reduce or eliminate
monthly energy bills &
exposure to energy price
Financed options allow
for cost savings from day
1 with no risk, upfront
cost, or maintenance
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Case Study City of PingQuan: Renewable-Powered Off-Grid Lighting
Project Overview
The PingQuan highway is lit by UGE’s off-grid lighting
solutions that reduced upfront construction costs, have
no ongoing energy requirement, and serve as a high
visibility welcome for visitors to the city.
Project Details
Location: PingQuan, Hebei Province, China
Completed December, 2012
UGE Solution vs. Traditional Lighting - $550,000 vs. $560,000
up front
Ongoing savings: >$200,000 over the 20+ year lifetime
Performance mandates and sustainability plans increasingly drive the adoption of onsite renewable energy
 Renewable portfolio standards (RPS), SREC markets, & carbon credits support increased adoption
 On-site energy has an outsized environmental impact (ratio of 3:1 kWh in New York)
 Contribute toward LEED certification
 Highly visible sustainability statement
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Case Study Whole Foods Market: On-Site Energy and Off-Grid Lighting
Project Overview
Whole Foods is pursuing LEED platinum certification
for their “store of the future” concept at the new
location in Brooklyn, NY. The site includes a wide range
of recycled materials, efficiency measures, and on-site
renewable energy, including:
300 kW Solar Canopy – Power Purchase Agreement = no
initial investment, technology risk, or maintenance costs
Off-grid lighting systems – Minimize installation costs,
eliminate ongoing energy cost, 100% uptime
EV charging stations – Wind-powered charging stations for
electric vehicles
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Case Study Whole Foods Market: On-Site Energy and Off-Grid Lighting
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Off-Grid Lighting
Three Main Challenges for Outdoor Lighting Projects
 High CAPEX: Extending underground grid power to site is largest share
of installation costs
 High OPEX: Ongoing energy bill is often the largest lifetime cost
 High uncertainty: Energy price volatility makes budgeting and planning
difficult. System operation is 100% reliant on grid availability
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Off-Grid Solutions – A Better Model for Lighting Infrastructure
 Cost savings from Day 1: Avoid cost & headache associated with
trenching and grid interconnection
 Complete cost certainty: No ongoing electricity bill eliminates
exposure to energy price volatility
 Energy security & sustainability: Powered by wind and sun; more
reliable than grid infrastructure and unaffected by grid outages
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Director, Outdoor Lighting Solutions
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (917) 267-7360
330 W 38th Street, Suite 1103
New York, NY, USA 10018

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