Global Power Expertise

Introducing SIOUX Utilities

SOLAR INVESTOR OWNED UTILITY XYSTEMS

SIOUX is an innovative & truly decentralized, off -grid nano utility delivering “3 in 1” services to the world’s most rural areas. SIOUX can deploy clean drinking water, energy and telecom faster and most cost-effectively than any other company on the planet.

SIOUX aims to be world’s first 100% off grid nano utility offering clean power, drinking water and wifi services in rural areas, starting in Myanmar then to other countries in Southeast Asia.

SIOUX Utility’s strategy is to complement local utility providers and private mini-grid developers coming into SE Asia. What is unique about our 3 in1 utility boxes is that it is the appropriate level of infrastructure investment for areas that are too remote or too poor for larger solar developers to target. Often these populations, considered to be the opposite of low hanging fruit, are the last to receive services because they’re so expensive to reach.

SIOUX’s founders have extensive experience working in the developing energy technology, as well as the finance and energy sectors in the United States.

The trend to move from a centralized energy generation to distributed energy resources (DER) is a global trend. Rather than investing in costly transmission and distribution infrastructure, building generation units directly in areas where customers live is proving to be more efficient with less energy loss. SIOUX is taking this concept to an entirely new “nano” level. SIOUX will exclusively use OffGrid Boxes in our underlying utility system.

In additional to offering retail power and water, SIOUX Utility Boxes can be used for medical clinics, schools, light commercial uses, retail, agricultural irrigation and disaster relief.

SIOUX Utility’s Underlying Technology

Imagine a portable self-contained unit that will generate power, filter potable drinking water and extend a virtual telecom mesh network into areas that are too poor or too remote for traditional utilities to reach. That is exactly what SIOUX delivers. We like to say that SIOUX Power begins where government services end.

Each stand alone unit can generate 12 kw to 25 kw and easily over filter 20,000 liters of water per day, servicing communities of 2,000 to 4,000 people (depending on the number of panel). They come equipped with ample battery storage and an optional desalinization unit, which is perfect for Myanmar’s often brackish ground waters. Unlike mini-grids whose solar array requires a larger construction footprint with environmental assessments and approvals prior to breaking ground, each SIOUX unit uses a 6x6x6 ft – 10×10 ft total footprint. The utility box can be up and running in 3 hours or less. Another completely unique feature is that SIOUX boxes are portable, which make them perfect for construction & mining companies and deployment as emergency disaster relief.

Offgrid Box has already deployed boxes to Puerto Rico, The Philippines, the British Virgin Islands and Madagascar for emergency relief, offering power for phone charges, wifi and clean drinking water to thousands of victims. These can be deployed on site by small truck, helicopter or boat. The unit itself is resilient. It can be shuttered in 30 minutes and can withstand a cyclone! SIOUX would like to incorporate designated utility boxes as “on hand” emergency units to be immediately deployed should any of our service areas need relief.

Quality Components Equals Longterm Positive Income

SUB components are sourced and manufactured in Germany and greater Europe. They’ve been stringently tested and vetted. As such, SUBs come with warranties and EU and US safety & performance standards that far exceed those found in many Chinese-made components. Why does this matter? When evaluating the overall cost of an energy project, the full useful life of an asset must be taken into consideration. Typically this is 20-30 years for solar projects. If any component in the system fails or if the system isn’t properly maintained, the useful life can be reduced by 50-75%, effectively doubling the cost of the project by 200% or more. The impacts are worse when proper and regular maintenance isn’t applied. That makes a BIG difference to governments, developers, investors and end-users.

As the main grid continues to extend further out, these boxes can either be moved to even more remote locations or can be absorbed by the grid as an additional power provider. SIOUX is also looking at distribution models where a box is loaded on a barge that visits different riverside villages, delivering fresh water and power charges, throughout the week. There are many possibilities to expand our business model.

Global Power Expertise

Base Electricity & Grid Technology

Power and utility clients involved in the production, distribution, transmission, retailing and trading of electric power face a range of strategic, financial, reputational, customer, regulatory and legal challenges. Some clients do not have the specialized internal resources to meet these challenges head on, which is where Alpha Meridian’s Power Team provides support. Our Energy professionals have extensive experience addressing changes in the structure of the power industry, regulatory frameworks, and contractual disputes and litigation. In addition, we provide strategic communications services across all disciplines to build, preserve and protect enterprise value.

AMG specializes in:

  • Regulatory compliance and filings
  • ROI analysis of capital projects
  • Generation and revenue forecast modeling
  • Long/short term power purchase contracts
  • Transmission and distribution planning
  • Foreign project management-
  • Portfolio optimization

Project Valuation and Financing

In order to offer new technology products and services, utilities usually need to raise capital to acquire the capabilities. Companies need to identify potential acquisitions, as well as meet regulatory challenges as they arise. Most utilities do not have the resources internally to accomplish these tasks. The Energy professionals at FTI Consulting combine their extensive experience with new energy technologies, regulatory agencies and corporate finance. Working closely with our clients, we provide the due diligence, government experience and financial acumen to successfully evaluate and select potential acquisitions, overcome regulatory hurdles and structure the deal. Because we are well along the learning curve in new energy technologies, with regulatory agencies and in corporate finance, we are able to assist utility clients quickly and thoroughly.

A pioneer in utility-scale renewable systems, AMG’s principal was integral in financing the largest solar photovoltaic plant in the United States in 2006-2007. AMG continues to create cost-effective alternative energy projects for our clients worldwide.

Decentralized Renewable Systems

Alpha Meridian Group provides a wide array of advisory services that address the strategic, financial, operational, technical, reputational, regulatory and capital needs of companies involved in clean energy energy generation — particularly solar, wind and biomass, among other emerging low-carbon clean technologies, including energy storage. We provide a one-stop solution to the needs of clean energy companies, their investors and other parties of interest.

Most recently AMG has embarked upon providing cost-effective micro power to rural villages in SE Asia where access to reliable power is virtually non-existent. By partnering with the world’s latest solar technology providers, AMG is able to “right size” decentralized power projects from the beginning in order to ensure financial viability.

Demand Side Management: Shaping Energy Consumption

Demand side management, or DSM, refers to initiatives and technologies that encourage consumers to optimise energy usage through behavioral incentives.

The benefits from DSM are potentially two-fold: first, consumers can reduce their electricity bills by adjusting the timing and amount of electricity use. Second, the energy system will benefit from the shifting of energy consumption from peak to non-peak hours. This is especially crucial when renewable systems such as solar and wind are in effect. Oftentimes, given the appropriate grid technology, net metering during peak hours will result in dollar savings for both energy produces and end users.

Based on a study by Professor Frank A. Wolak, Director of the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development in Stanford University, every MW reduction of peak demand in Singapore translates to a system-wide savings of about $1.6 million.

Examples of demand side management technologies and approaches available to consumers.

A kWh saved is a kWh generated, but much less expensive and better for the environment.

Energy Efficiency: Residential & Commercial Programs

A kWh saved is a kWh generated, but much less expensive and better for the environment. Energy efficiency policies and programs can help drive the implementation of projects that minimize or reduce energy use during the operation of a system or machine and/or production of good or service. Different types of energy efficiency programs include efficient lighting, insulation, building codes, variable speed motors, sensors and timers, among other technologies.

In the United States, where EE programs are more mature, efficiency measures have exceeded nuclear energy generation.
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