Cal State University has chosen Advanced Microgrid Solutions to develop advanced energy storage systems at some of its sites. A 1,000kW/6,000kWh system will be installed at CSU’s Long Beach campus, and two other systems totaling 2,000kW/12,000kWh will be implemented at the CSU Office of the Chancellor and the Domninguez Hills campus. (Other sites might get their own energy storage installations later.)
Work on the Long Beach campus system will begin this summer, with an expected completion date of October 2016. At the Office of the Chancellor site, the construction start date will be the beginning of 2017, with completion expected in the middle of the same year.
“This exciting partnership adds to many collaborative efforts implemented by the CSU to boost efficiency and cut costs. By helping integrate more renewable energy onto the grid, this transformational system will support California’s environment and direct resources to support the academic mission of the CSU,” explained CSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer Steve Relyea.
Advanced Microgrid Solutions Hybrid Electric Buildings use Tesla batteries combined with advanced analytics software to store electricity during non-peak periods, and shift building electricity usage from the grid to the batteries during periods of high demand. According to a press release, the first phase of the project could save Cal State $3.3 million by reducing electricity utility costs.
Cal State University has 23 campuses and 474,600 students; it is the largest public 4-year university system in the United States. The massive educational system is no stranger to energy storage — the Fullerton campus was given an award for its use of the technology. “The University also garnered first-place honors in sustainable transportation for its battery storage and EV Charging System. The University’s 12 charging ports — located in areas easily accessible to campus commuters — are used throughout the day during peak electric-load periods. To mitigate the power spikes caused by peak EV charging, a new battery energy storage system was installed along with a new high-speed EV charging station.”
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