The battery-operated college
February 23, 2015
• Butte College part of new energy storage system install
• Expected to cut costs
Butte College is one of five community colleges, high schools and a state university to add battery storage to its solar power systems.
Green Charge Networks of Santa Clara says Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District in Santa Clara County; Oak Park Unified School District in Ventura County; Peralta Community College District in Alameda County and California State University, Fullerton in Orange County, as well as Butte College in Butte County, have contracted with Green Charge Networks under a power efficiency agreement to tap into over 1,500 kilowatt hours of energy storage capacity to reduce ongoing costs of demand charges on their electricity bill.
These schools can expect to save up to 50 percent off their demand charges, according to Green Charge.
As an added benefit, Green Charge has agreed to install electric vehicle charging stations with each of the systems to mitigate increased demand charges while promoting the use of electric vehicles with students, faculty, and staff.
Green Charge uses a lithium ion-based battery storage system coupled with standard solar panels.
"California is home to more than 100,000 electric vehicles drivers. As the EV market continues to expand, the work of schools to provide more charging options for employees, students and visitors is an important part of our community's growth toward cleaner transportation solutions," says Jason Anderson, president and CEO of Cleantech San Diego, a nonprofit trade organization that includes more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments, and nonprofits working to advance sustainable solutions. "Energy storage is a critical complement of EV charging as it allows schools and businesses to control their energy use and reduce demand charges."