Sharp Energy Storage System Could Save Retirement Community $90,000 Yearly

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A behind-the-meter energy storage system made by Sharp Electronics with a capacity of 240 kW/324 kWh will be installed at Paradise Village Retirement Community in the San Diego area by NW Photon Energy. It will be integrated with 516 kW of solar PV and installed in 6 buildings.

An energy usage analysis found that the solar + energy storage system could save the senior community about $90,000 per year by reducing demand charges. It has been estimated that the new hybrid energy system will reduce demand by over 2,000 kW annually.

“The significant savings unlocked by addressing peak demand may have a positive impact on the quality of life for the seniors in Paradise Village’s care, so we’re very proud to be involved in this project,” explained Carl Mansfield, Founder and GM of Sharp’s U.S. based Energy Systems and Services Group.

HVAC, refrigeration, and medical equipment are primary energy consumers at the site and carry a startup load that results in demand requests and charges, but the new system is expected to result in reductions. The utility in the area is San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Additional savings are expected from using the solar PV system.

Paradise Valley is a retirement community with assisted living and memory care options located not far from the coast in the south San Diego area not far from National City. There are 12 acres of grounds and residential apartments for independent and assisted living. Amenities include an art studio, theater, chapel, library, barber shop, hair salon, a library, a full restaurant, billiards lounge, and other resources. A San Diego Union-Tribune article stated that the facility has nearly 500 apartments.

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