In the US state of California, a workers’ compensation insurance, State Fund, has partnered with utility ENGIE and professional services firm JLL to implement the second phase of its sustainability strategy.
The plan will include ENGIE installing 11MW of solar PV across six facilities owned by the State Fund, the building of energy storage and installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging systems across seven locations.
The solar PV systems will generate approximately 18,000,000kWh of clean energy annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 14,000 tons, which is equivalent to taking about 2,700 cars off the road or planting about 204,000 trees each year.
The 4,240KWh battery storage plants at four locations will enable State Fund to store energy and avoid buying power from the main grid during times when demand is high and energy expensive.
More than 150 Level II and Level III EV chargers will be used by fleet vehicles and available to employees. State Fund’s fleet currently includes eight battery electric vehicles (BEVs), three of which are new long-range BEVs that allow employees to quickly travel between State Fund locations while lowering their reliance on fossil fuels.
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
Over the past seven years, State Fund has:
- Installed exterior and interior LED lighting and energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.
- Installed daylight harvesting systems at all owned buildings.
- Adopted water-saving measures such as waterless or dual-flush toilets and low-flow faucets at most sites.
- Have eight of its buildings become Energy Star certified and reduced the energy used in its owned buildings by 10% since 2016.
Andreas Acker, executive vice president at State Fund, said: “This project with ENGIE and JLL is a huge step forward in our drive to reduce our use of fossil fuels, limit the load we place on local and statewide electrical grids, and improve overall air quality throughout California.”
Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, CEO of ENGIE North America, adds: “We believe that demand for renewable energy programs that incorporate additional, leading-edge solutions like battery storage and EV charging represent the next chapter of sustainability impact that will also effectively help us transition to a zero-carbon future.”