Integrating Renewables

The Kite and the Tail

Kites can't fly without a tail. Similarly, it's difficult to imagine renewable energy without images of wind turbines and solar panels coming to mind. These are attractive images that promise a future where energy sources are clean and renewable. However, renewable energy sources can be expensive and when merely added to existing infrastructure it can take 20 or 30 years for energy savings to offset implementation costs.

Worthington's renewable integration strategy significantly reduces the ROI on renewable energy sources and creates a platform for upgrading or adding renewable energy sources over time. Our energy systems lay the groundwork to achieve greater energy savings and lower GHG emissions as technology improves.

Worthington Energy Innovations' hydronic systems are ideal for integrating renewable energy sources because these systems are capable of gathering heat from all sources and using it to effectively adjust the energy demands of a building.

Did you know Worthington's hydronic systems make it possible to integrate these strategies:

  • Thermal solar is a cost-effective method of adding the sun’s energy in the form of heat to a hydronic system
  • Ground source heat recovery is used to heat or cool a hydronic loop
  • Ponds can serve as a cooling source in summer and a warm water source in winter when ice forces warm water to the bottom of the pond
  • Photovoltaic solar and wind turbines can reduce peak load costs and hedge against brownouts

Worthington offsets the costs of renewable energy sources by integrating them into a larger energy efficiency strategy that optimizes the gains from renewable energy sources. In short, with a Worthington system you need less renewable energy to achieve the same results as using renewable energy alone. This strategy allows Worthington customers to offset the costs of renewable energy with savings generated by other efficiency measures.

Worthington Energy Innovations is able to provide its customers with both the kite and the tail because it has developed holistic energy strategies that, when combined with project financing to make renewable energy, make more sense:

  • Savings from other energy efficiency measures create revenue streams that can be used to cover the costs of renewable energy sources
  • Worthington's hydronic loops reduce the amount of energy its customers need which in turn reduces the amount of renewable sources required to achieve the same performance
  • Worthington optimizes the integration of renewable sources into its energy systems to achieve maximum benefit from renewable energy sources