BoxPower aims to provide several states with clean, reliable, affordable energy services. The company has patented its own software and hardware solutions ecosystem to optimize the deployment of its unique solar storage microgrids.
The National Science Foundation initially funded the development of BoxPower’s containerized microgrid technology in 2011. BoxPower’s initial projects focused on rapidly deploying microgrids for disaster relief in the Caribbean and have since expanded to providing affordable energy solutions to remote indigenous communities and facilities.
The founder of BoxPower, Angelo Campus, was featured as Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur in 2018. Moreover, their work has been profiled in major business publications, including Fast Company and Microgrid Knowledge.
BoxPower Services and Specifics
Their solar power and battery systems are promised to be cost-effective, sustainable alternatives to traditional diesel generators. BoxPower is certainly leading the pack when it comes to one-of-a-kind decentralized, off-grid power solutions.
They specialize in project development, system design and engineering, installation, monitoring and reporting, and operations and maintenance for integrated solar, battery, and backup generator systems.
They also accelerate deployment and aim to reduce costs by providing a single point of contact for commercial and utility microgrid projects.
Solar Panels and services offered by BoxPower
Modular Systems by BoxPower
BoxPower’s unique modular power systems are designed and built as “plug & play” solar and storage microgrids. These portable power systems can be shipped anywhere to deliver energy on the spot. BoxPower’s modular systems are available in sizes from 3.5kW up to 528kW for various purposes.
The Solar Container
The BoxPower Solar Container is a pre-wired microgrid solution with an integrated solar array, battery storage, inverters, and a backup generator. It is ideal for utility-owned remote grids, critical facilities backup, and commercial applications.
Rugged and rapidly deployable, the MiniBox is the ideal plug-and-play microgrid solution for telecommunications and/or commercial projects of small sizes.
Types of Solar
BoxPower Remote Grids
BoxPower Remote Grids are promoted as the ideal solution for those seeking to reduce line maintenance. These hybrid solar microgrids are promised to provide permanent, on-site energy with increased reliability, lower costs, and reduced wildfire risk.
Installation costs and processes
BoxPower aims to demystify the process of going solar from energy auditing to carbon emissions modeling. Regarding fabrication and installation, they build microgrid systems from their catalog of pre-engineered products and install them on-site.
BoxPower’s SolarContainer units range from $50,000 to $100,000, depending on the required solar panels and battery capacity. The MiniBox models run from $20,000 to $40,000. This pricing is not too bad in light of the power it generates and the value it brings to the owner. Not to mention these containers’ pure mobility and practicality – which could be worth a pretty penny.
Box Power Legitimacy
|Licenses and Certifications: PE, NABCEP|
|Insurance: General Liability up to $2,000,000|
BoxPower offers a 10-year warranty on workmanship and 10-20 years on component parts. After installing the microgrid, lifetime operations and maintenance packages ensure that everything is working as promised. The company tailors its O&M plans to meet clients’ needs and budgets.
Moreover, featuring remote monitoring, BoxPower microgrids are equipped with remote online monitoring capabilities, which is essential when delivering distributed energy resources to rural environments.
The SolarEmpower View
With their shipping containers and self-contained solar-powered units, BoxPower offers unique energy solutions – unlike any other solar company currently offers. However, without solid feedback and proof of their work on alternative platforms, we remain partially skeptical of their full legitimacy and ability to deliver on their word. However, having been around for some time, it seems BoxPower is here to stay.