Throughout our history, part of the Aldridge advantage has been our attention to fluctuations and changes in business climates and markets that push us to explore new opportunities. Relationships built and lessons learned from past projects have always been an important element of shaping our future business model. Continuing this trend, we are actively involved in projects and currently bidding work in some of today’s hottest emerging markets: Solar, Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) integration, and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
Solar panels give us access to an inexhaustible source of power – the sun. The amount of power collected from solar energy worldwide increased over 300-fold from 2000 to 2019. In that same time frame, Aldridge completed numerous solar projects for various public and private clients. Given the heightened awareness of renewables, Aldridge maintains a strong presence and is currently pursuing solar projects of all sizes.
Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)
Implementation of BESS systems, especially as part of a renewable energy installation, has allowed power providers to store energy from which to draw from in periods of less generation. Previously, this energy would have been wasted.
BESS Installation at Chicagoland Substation
Aldridge recently installed a BESS system for a long-time utility customer near our Libertyville headquarters. Initial installation included 20 Tesla Powerpacks (each with 16 individual battery pods), 4 inverters, and ancillary equipment including a controller, transformer, and switchboard.
This project supports our client's development of best practices for the safe implementation and deployment of BESS at future substations.
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Infrastructure
With the shift to zero-emission vehicles, building the infrastructure to support them will become increasingly important. Aldridge is currently working on our first EV project.
CTA EV Bus Charging Stations
The CTA has committed to investing in 20 new electric buses, which is just the beginning of a city-wide plan to be rolled out by 2030 that will help improve air quality, save on fuel and maintenance, and make Chicago one of the greenest cities in the world. The new buses will give the CTA one of the largest electric bus fleets in the country - another step in promoting “green” initiatives and addressing climate change.
Aldridge’s scope includes the installation of five electric quick-charging stations at Navy Pier, Chicago/Austin, and the CTA’s Chicago Avenue garage. The units will charge within 5-10 minutes, allowing buses to return to service quickly. Buses can run between 75-120 miles on a single charge.