California District to Save $1.6 Million with Energy Storage
San Diego's Poway Unified School District has installed 6.3 megawatt hours of energy storage in a move that will save it an estimated $1.6 million over the decade-long life of the contract.
The district partnered with Green Charge to deploy the company's technology across 12 elementary, middle and high schools. The 36,000-student district paid no upfront costs for the project and will participate in a power efficiency agreement with the company instead.
"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, in a prepared statement. "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."
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