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Food and Beverage Businesses Save and Earn Money with Spara Technology

"Powerit is uniquely positioned in the industrial automation market as the last mile linking facilities to the smart grid, so they can tap into savings and ever more sophisticated demand management strategies."

Rob Day
Black Coral Capital


Loads managed include:

  • Air compressors
  • Blowers
  • Chillers 
  • Compressors
  • Condensers
  • Conveyors 
  • Cooling towers
  • Evaporators
  • Fans 
  • Grinders 
  • HVAC
  • Icemakers
  • Mixers
  • Plate freezers 
  • Pumps 
  • Refrigeration compressors
  • Variable frequency drives

Food and beverage businesses ranging from regional processors to major manufacturers such as E. & J. Gallo Winery, Amy’s Kitchen, and Frito-Lay have used Spara technology to reduce electricity costs, earn money through demand response programs, and meet corporate sustainability goals.

Reduce costs and raise revenue

  • Control large electrical loads throughout your facility—not just refrigeration—to make precisely calibrated load reductions that prevent costly energy spikes and reduce peak demand charges.
  • Take advantage of dynamic pricing for electricity rather than being at its mercy. The system monitors your meters and receives pricing data from your utility in real time, and then quickly adjusts your power demand to take advantage of lower rates or minimize charges during rate spikes.
  • Participate reliably and safely in the latest demand response programs that pay you for reducing energy use—including those that require real-time, system-to-system response.

Protect production

The Spara system is designed to protect product quality, safety, and production targets.

  • Its rules-based operation lets you determine actions based on how aggressively you want to curtail loads—you decide what you can give up for a given demand response or demand control benefit. 
  • Spara technology can prioritize loads sequentially, by group, or by conditions such as process status, type of material, time limits, or when a load was last curtailed, and it can synchronize load shedding to achieve both savings and productivity targets.
  • The system never breaks the load-shedding rules you set up.

Meet sustainability goals

Spara technology can help you hit corporate sustainability targets and meet major retailers’ demands that suppliers show commitment to reducing their carbon footprint.

  • Implementing demand response, demand control, and dynamic pricing strategies typically reveals more opportunities for eliminating waste and optimizing use.
  • Cutting your peak power use through demand control and demand response initiatives reduces stress on the grid, which can eliminate the need to build new power plants.