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Ice Energy won a five-year contract from Riverside Public Utilities to provide 5 MW of behind-the-meter energy storage using Ice Energy’s Ice Bear thermal energy storage system. The program will kick off this spring.
The city of Riverside, California, the hottest climate zone in the Los Angeles basin, selected Ice Energy to align with its Utility 2.0 smart grid and renewable energy plan.
Ice Energy’s product, the Ice Bear, is a smart-grid enabled, thermal energy storage technology that will help Riverside Public Utilities better integrate its increasing reliance on clean, renewable energy resources like wind, solar, and geothermal systems to maintain low energy costs for its customers.
Ice Energy’s product, the Ice Bear, attaches to one or more standard 5-20 ton commercial AC units. The Ice Bear freezes ice at night when demand for power is low and capacity is abundant. Then during the day, stored ice is used to provide cooling, instead of power-intensive AC compressors. Each Ice Bear can reduce harmful CO2 emissions by up to 10 tons per year.
Riverside, like other public utilities in California, is increasing its investment in renewable sources to meet Gov. Jerry Brown’s newly enacted legislation upping the state’s goal to 50 percent renewables by 2030. Energy storage, particularly the distributed, efficient and cost-effective storage provided by Ice Energy, will help to maintain a robust and reliable grid. Almost 1,000 Ice Bear units are already installed in more than 40 different utility service territories nationwide surpassing 25 million hours of reliable operation.