San Diego Zoo Global adds Onsite Battery Storage - Smart Energy Decisions

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage  -  October 19, 2018

San Diego Zoo Global adds onsite battery storage

San Diego Zoo Global will add a new storage project featuring a 1 MW battery to mitigate spike in usage to lower demand charges. The system will also minimize energy costs by recharging the battery when energy is at its lowest available rates, and then later discharging that power to the Zoo when costs are highest.

Adam Ringler, director of performance improvement, said in a statement, “This is a perfect example of how we are identifying and implementing cost-effective energy and green environmental projects as a part of San Diego Zoo Global’s commitment to sustainability. In this case, the savings can be invested into enhancing the Zoo experience, and furthering wildlife conservation and education.”

The project will be implemented by EDF Renewables North America Distributed Solutions. The statement noted that the Zoo will leverage EDF Renewables’ performance-based contract whereby EDF Renewables is only paid based on the actual utility bill savings realized by the Zoo as a result of the battery operation. Accordingly, the Zoo has no fixed payments and bears no performance risk on the operation of the system. The battery solution also acts as a hedge against rising utility rates.

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