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NRTC and SoCore Host “An Introduction to Energy Storage for Co-ops” Webinar

February 12, 2016

On Thursday, February 11th, SoCore Energy’s Advanced Energy Solutions team and National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) hosted the webinar, “An Introduction to Energy Storage for Co-ops”. Moderated by SoCore’s Business Analyst, Bill Francis, the webinar featured insights from:

Brad Seibert, NRTC | VP, Next Generation Energy

Madeleine Klein, SoCore Energy | SVP, Advanced Energy Solutions

Frank Bergh, SoCore Energy | Director of Product Development

Chris Kuhl, SoCore Energy | Director of Business Development

NRTC selected SoCore, on behalf of its members, as their exclusive partner to assist with developing solar energy and energy storage projects for rural electric cooperatives. This webinar, and the ones to follow, serve as a continuation of our long-term strategy to bring advanced technology to members. Storage is a dynamic resource that provides new options for co-ops, and can create value when the right technology is selected. SoCore’s Advanced Energy Solutions team closely evaluates each customer’s needs and challenges in order to decide which technology will best deliver solutions and make the most financial sense.

The energy storage market is in a growth period, being driven by grid-modernization, technology versatility, modernizing infrastructure, increased security and reliability and the transition towards clean energy generation. From 2014 to 2015, the U.S. market grew by 250%, and its growing at an even faster rate globally. We expect this trend to continue over the next five years. As the market expands, the prices are dropping, making storage and other solutions very compelling to co-ops and their members.

During the hour-long webinar, the SoCore team addressed what energy storage is, how the technologies come together, where they may be deployed to be most advantageous and why energy storage should be deployed. They discussed possible energy storage usage cases and explained the next steps for co-ops. SoCore and the NRTC are looking forward to continuing conversations with co-ops as they start to think about installing solar and possibly adding on that storage option. To find out more about how SoCore’s service offerings can benefit members, co-ops can contact their NRTC regional business manager. To receive information on our upcoming webinars, visit Solar4Co-ops.com and SoCoreEnergy.com.

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