Bringing Light to Utility Power

Pivot Energy

7. Affordable and Clean Energy 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities

Overview

Pivot Energy is a company that seeks to provide solar power to its customers in a fashion that provides benefits to as many participants as possible. The company works alongside developers and its customers to provide solar power in different fields. From private utilities to community solar gardens, Pivot Energy works to bring solar power to a more prominent position in power generation.

Author

Andrew Mullins

Andrew Mullins

School

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago

Professor

Nancy Landrum

Nancy Landrum

Innovation

Pivot Energy’s innovation lies in the process of providing their services to the various companies and facilities that hire them. There are multiple stages to utilizing the solar power. The early stages of providing solar power involves reaching out to the customers to determine their needs. Nichole Sivers, the Director of Business Development, describes the process as "an outreach and evaluation." With her position, she often responds to customers interested in solar power and assists in evaluating current energy usage. From there, calculations are made to see the potential offset and saved costs. Development of the solar project continues from there, as Pivot energy then works with sister companies to produce and provide the energy to meet demand.

Bringing Light to Utility Power

Inspiration

When Pivot Energy was started, the goal was to help accelerate the transition to a cleaner and decentralized approach to power generation. This was also backed by the desire to help regional businesses manage their own impacts. While the company was initially focused around Denver, the business began to spread nationwide with several locations in the Midwest, West, and East.

As the Director of Business Development, Nichole Sivers’s regional area of focus is the Midwest. With previous experience at other electric companies, Nichole decided to join the company recently in order to work in an ecofriendly company and provide services in familiar territory. With the current mindset changes about being ecofriendly that were occurring, Nichole utilized this to promote business sales while also showing the business benefits of solar energy to the customers.


Overall impact

Pivot Energy’s efforts provide a variety of impacts. By promoting solar power, the energy used comes from a more sustainable and cleaner source. Working alongside developers have allowed for multiple connections to be made that expand the network of businesses and community interactions. Certain locations have legislation that make providing solar power difficult, yet Pivot Energy has worked by the laws to provide solar power with incentives that benefit all parties involved.

Business benefit

The benefits that businesses can reap vary. The environmental benefits of utilizing solar power can be a selling point for any business that wants to be environmentally aware. From Nichole’s perspective, one of the larger benefits to business comes in the cost of purchasing solar power. There are various incentives and in one case, the interested party was paying 9 cents per kilowatt-hour, and through the purchase of solar energy, the cost was reduced to 7 cents kWh. Through utilizing solar power, electricity costs can be reduced and the funds can go elsewhere in the business’s budget.

Social and environmental benefit

With the work that Pivot Energy has done, benefits do arise in the community. Nichole found that schools were often interested in solar power and several have been testing periods for using solar power. Another project that is gaining traction is the community solar gardens which support local businesses and saves them money. Utilizing solar power has also provided benefits to the environment as it utilizes a cleaner form of energy. From Pivot Energy’s calculations, the lifetime offsets for their solar arrays result in 678,108 megatons of CO2 avoided or about 740 million pounds of coal not burned.

Interview

Nichole Sivers, Director of Business Development

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Pivot Energy

Pivot Energy

Denver, Colorado, US

Business Website: https://www.pivotenergy.net/

Year Founded: 2009

Number of Employees: 11 to 50

Pivot Energy is a privately owned company that focuses on providing solar power to industrial and commercial services. Pivot Energy originated in Denver, Colorado, and has begun expanding to locations in the Midwest. Pivot Energy works with customers to provide a distributed energy platform that benefits both the customer and the environment. As a national leader in onsite solar projects and small utility solar projects, Pivot Energy strives to accelerate the approach to a more decentralized and cleaner source of power generation.