San Diego Zoo reveals new battery storage project - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Storage  -  January 22, 2020

San Diego Zoo reveals new battery storage project

San Diego Zoo Global announced Jan. 21 its new 1 MW/4 MWh battery storage facility on San Diego Zoo’s property in Balboa Park.

The storage project is expected to reduce energy costs at the Zoo by using the battery to mitigate spikes in usage and lower demand charges, in addition to minimizing 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.

“This new battery storage system reduces the San Diego Zoo’s need for fossil fuel, supports clean energy, and lowers our energy costs,” Adam Ringler, Director of Performance Improvement for San Diego Zoo Global, said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to not only support the City of San Diego’s sustainability goals but it allows us to direct more resources towards our mission of saving species.”

The San Diego Zoo avoided all upfront costs and ensured full alignment of interest by utilizing EDF Renewables’ Energy Services Contract, whom the facility was constructed in partnership with.  EDF Renewables will only be paid based on the actual utility bill savings realized by the Zoo as a result of the battery operation.

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