Our Value Proposition

We design, finance, and integrate EV infrastructure with onsite solar, energy storage, and backup power systems. Our systems function in parallel with the utility to provide energy savings, while also giving fleets the ability to enter island mode during grid outages to provide complete reliability and resiliency. This comprehensive solution minimizes costs, streamlines deployment, and enables 24/7 mission-critical operations.

The Inflation Reduction Act 2022 is the most recent of many federal clean energy programs to include provisions and tax credits on microgrid technology. Scale's team of experts will help you make the most of the available microgrid incentives to reduce the total cost of the system and maximize your savings. 

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Why a Microgrid?

Why a Microgrid?

Increased Resilience

The system provides on-site power with multiple backup systems, ensuring that fleets are fully operational when the grid fails.

Smart Systems That Adapt To Your Needs

The system includes smart controls designed to reduce demand charges and deliver the most affordable power, optimizing charging via hardware and software solutions.

Fixed Fuel Costs

Microgrids often carry contracts with fixed charging costs, eliminating the issue of volatile utility price hikes and ensuring easier long-term planning.

Why Scale?

Why Scale?

One Stop Shop

We manage everything from design and engineering to construction, simplifying the process and expediting delivery.

$0 Upfront Capital Requirement

Scale offers a microgrid financing that requires $0 upfront investment from customers. Fleets can therefore deploy electric vehicles and tap into clean energy with minimal capital requirement.

No Maintenance Costs

Scale owns, operates, and maintains the equipment, empowering our customers to focus on their core operations.

Our Fleet Electrification Projects

Scale has a growing portfolio of Fleet electrification projects. We build out cutting-edge clean energy charging infrastructure for commercial and industrial customers that want to electrify their fleets.

Energy Management

Energy Management

Forecast energy demand and costs of fueling electric vehicles

Resilience Analysis

Resilience Analysis

Develop resilient energy infrastructure to ensure vehicles are on the road every day

Design & Engineering

Design & Engineering

Select equipment that is optimal for each site and use case

Financing

Financing

Provide long-term, fixed-price contracts with $0 down and per month, mile, or kWh pricing

Project Implementation

Project Implementation

Manage utility engagement, secure necessary permits, and oversee construction and installation

Operations & Maintenance

Operations & Maintenance

Ensure safe and reliable operations through remote monitoring and preventative maintenance

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the R2M2 microgrid integrate with EV charging?

Yes. EVs configured in a microgrid can act as either loads or DERs. EV chargers will draw power from the microgrid like the way any other load behaves but has more flexibility in the timing of when this occurs. Combining EV chargers with managed charging software and DERs allows the fleet to optimize the charge schedule of their fleet with the cost of electricity. In fact, microgrids paired with EV chargers can contribute to significantly lower charging costs than without a microgrid.
 
How does managed charging and OCPP communication protocols work within the microgrid?
 
Scale leverages our managed charging partners to provide the right software needed to integrate within the system and communicate with the chargers via OCPP. Our partners have thousands of chargers under management, yet previously were not able to achieve the optimum outcome for their clients because they were missing on-site generation and storage. Energy management and charging management together improve the overall operations of the microgrid
 
Does the R2M2 microgrid limit the type of vehicles or chargers we can use?

The microgrid platform has been designed to be technology agnostic with respect to traditional DERs as well as the charging infrastructure and vehicles. We will work with you to identify the vehicle you need for your fleet and match them with the right charging infrastructure of your choice. There are many different options available in the market and we have worked to deploy chargers with several industry leading charger OEMs. We work with the vehicle and charger OEM’s directly to ensure proper integration into the microgrid.
 
Is Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) possible with the R2M2 microgrid and how could that be utilized?
 
Vehicle-to-Grid is a promising technology that allows the bidirectional flow of energy from the vehicle back into the grid/building/other loads. However, V2G has some practical limitations. To provide value for the fleet, it must have stored energy available, be parked or out of service, and plugged in to allow for the back-flow of power. Adding bidirectional charging to the microgrid allows the flexibility to actualize this potential value. The vehicle’s stored energy can be discharged into the stationary microgrid battery for use at another time. This allows the decoupling of a vehicle’s ability to provide energy via V2G and the immediate consumption of that same energy. The additional value that V2G in a microgrid provides is the ability to use V2G during “island mode” operations. V2G during an outage allows stored energy in an unused vehicle to be transferred into other vehicles or used as additional backup power for the broader system. 
 
If we plan to phase-in EVs over time, how are the microgrid design and long-term operations affected?

Building on the R2M2 modular platform allows the phasing of EV’s over time to occur in a more cost-effective manner. We can utilize the same construction period to “pre-install” electrical infrastructure for future charging infrastructure as well as plan out the optimal times to increase the amount of solar and/or stationary battery storage on site. Because the microgrid can adjust to new loads and new generation assets easily, the system will always operate at its most optimal even as vehicles are being transitioned to electric. Having an idea of the end goal of vehicle electrification in mind upfront allows Scale to plan out the future infrastructure deployments in a more cost-effective way when compared to installing chargers on an as needed basis.