California-based contact lens manufacturer, Staar Surgical, is set to reduce operational costs and enhance the reliability of its operations by installing a rooftop solar microgrid. The 1.1 MW grid-tied microgrid, located at the company’s production facility in Lake Forest, is expected to save $325,000 in annual electricity bills while providing energy resilience during grid disruptions. ReVamp Energy, a solar contractor, designed, installed, and will maintain the microgrid, which includes battery energy storage. The system consists of a 780 kW rooftop array with SolarEdge DC-optimized inverters and additional capacity on newly-constructed carports. With an estimated 50% reduction in electricity costs, Staar Surgical will also avoid losses caused by power outages during the manufacturing process. The microgrid includes a 450 kW battery for up to 24 hours of backup power and a generator to ensure uninterrupted production. A custom-made switchgear automatically switches to backup power during outages, and the microgrid can be managed through the SolarEdge monitoring platform. Jay Cutting, president of ReVamp Energy, praised SolarEdge technology for its ability to maximize energy production, reliability, and control.