Revolutionizing the Contact Lens Industry: Manufacturer Secures Operations with Cutting-Edge Rooftop Solar TechnologyCalifornia-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, California, is expected to result in annual electricity bill savings of $325,000. In addition to cost savings, the microgrid will provide energy resilience during times when the central utility grid is affected. The project was designed, installed, and will be maintained by solar contractor ReVamp Energy, which incorporated battery energy storage into the microgrid. The system includes a 780 kW rooftop array with SolarEdge DC-optimized inverters, as well as capacity installed on two newly-constructed carports. This 1,752 module system is anticipated to reduce Staar Surgical’s electricity costs by approximately 50%. Furthermore, the microgrid will prevent losses caused by power outages during the manufacturing process, which can lead to spoiled production runs. To ensure uninterrupted production, excess solar production will be stored by a 450 kW battery that provides backup power for up to 24 hours. The system also includes a generator as an additional backup measure. ReVamp Energy has designed custom-made switchgear that automatically switches the site’s energy supply to backup power in the event of a power outage. The microgrid can be managed through the SolarEdge monitoring platform, allowing Staar Surgical and ReVamp Energy to track key parameters such as solar energy production, consumption, and battery energy levels in real-time and from a single platform. Jay Cutting, President of ReVamp Energy, expressed confidence in the project, highlighting SolarEdge technology as a crucial component for achieving high energy production, reliability, and intelligent control. The installation of this solar microgrid further demonstrates Staar Surgical’s commitment to sustainable and cost-effective energy solutions.

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