NEC finishes microgrid project in Eugene, Oregon

(Photo courtesy of Eugene Water and Electric Board)

NEC Energy Solutions, announced the completion of a 500 kW/1000 kWh battery energy storage system installed at the Howard Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon. 

Worley managed the engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC). The energy storage system, owned and operated by Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), will not only reduce energy costs through peak shaving but will also ensure resiliency for the school, providing extra hours of power during times of shutdown, such as during inclement weather events.

This project is also part of EWEB’s long-term resiliency planning efforts to establish community points of water distribution around the city of Eugene to be used by its customers during restoration following a large-scale disaster. 

EWEB has installed a well at the Howard Elementary School in partnership with the school district. When supplied by the battery energy storage system and the local PV system, this well will provide local access to fresh, potable drinking water to EWEB customers during an extended outage.

“We are delighted to partner with NEC Energy Solutions, the Eugene Water & Electric Board, the Eugene School District 4J and Howard Elementary School to deliver this important battery energy storage installation,” said Kirk Neubauer, Project Manager, Worley. “We are proudly expanding our involvement in such developments, which provide better futures for local communities and affirm our commitment to the Worley mission of helping our customers to meet the world’s changing resources and energy needs.”

“This is a great example of the community coming together to leverage the benefits of energy storage for all parties, especially the citizens of Eugene,” said Steve Fludder, CEO of NEC Energy Solutions. “From saving on energy costs, to ensuring the power stays on and that customers of the Eugene Water & Electric Board have access to fresh water, this project shows the value of proper planning, design and innovation that NEC’s energy storage solutions provide.”


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