VIDEO: San Diego school district installs 6.3 MWh of energy storage

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Commercial energy storage firm Green Charge installed more than 6.3 MWh of energy storage for San Diego’s Poway Unified School District.

The Green Charge energy storage system is now deployed at 12 campuses including elementary, middle and high schools and is expected to save the district more than $1.6 million over the 10-year term of the contract with Green Charge.

The Green Charge energy storage system and installation came at no cost to the district through Green Charge’s shared-savings model the Power Efficiency Agreement. Poway serves nearly 36,000 students in San Diego and is the third-largest school district in the county.

“Poway is using energy storage to cut utility costs and control spikes in our energy profile,” said Chad Koster, Director of Maintenance and Facilities for Poway Unified. “We are excited about this opportunity to partner with Green Charge. Any time we can find a way to reduce our operating costs without impacting our students is extraordinary. Installing this energy storage system will allow Poway Unified to put these savings right back in to our schools.”

“Poway is at the cutting edge of a new way of managing its energy costs,” said Vic Shao, CEO at Green Charge. “Energy storage allows Poway to reduce monthly electricity bills, help enhance the resiliency of the power grid and save money in the process.”

Green Charge provides customers an efficient energy storage platform that combines scalable cloud-based big data analytics software with battery storage systems, all with no capital outlay. Through the PEA, Green Charge provides a zero down cost solution and installs, owns and maintains all equipment.

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