The Three Kinds of Scalability Your DER Strategy Needs
- Aug 25, 2019 7:16 pm GMT
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Scalability is a crucial topic for any organization that is employing Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) as part of its demand side management strategy. There are four kinds of scalability when it comes to managing DERs, and in this article we discuss all four.
Let’s start with the one aspect of scalability that organizations typically do discuss: scalability in the volume of devices. Given the accelerating adoption and use of DERs such as storage, rooftop solar, and gen sets, it is indeed important to support a growing number of a given type of device. An organization’s DER strategy and DER Management System (DERMS) should be designed to accommodate far more than the current number of devices — allowing capacity that can scale effectively to 2x, 5x, or even 10x the current volume.
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