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EDF Renewables North America has partnered with Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and non-profit organisation CollectiveSun to design, build and operate an integrated energy system.

The integrated system will comprise 847KWp solar rooftop and carport, 800KWp/1,805KWh battery energy storage and 50 electric vehicle (EV) charging systems.

The system will help mitigate energy spikes and reduce utility costs at the California campus. Solar energy will be used as the main source of energy during times when demand is high and costly. The campus is expected to save up to $7 million in utility costs.

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CollectiveSun is providing a discount for the cost of the installation by utilizing tax credits not available to Sanford Burnham Prebys due to its tax-exempt status.

CollectiveSun will initially own the system over a period of six years.

EDF’s Store and Forecast Energy Management System will be used to operate the integrated system. Powerflex, an EDF company, will use its adaptive load management system to install and operate the EV charging system. The system will enable the campus to maximise the delivery of power to electric vehicles while reducing or eliminating the need for costly utility upgrades by managing charging dependent upon driver’s demand, building load and onsite generation.

Raphael Declercq, executive vice president, distributed solutions & strategy at EDF Renewables said: “EDF Renewables is proud to work with CollectiveSun on this multi-technology project for Sanford Burnham Prebys – a leading nonprofit institution in biomedical research. This system demonstrates how a holistic solution provides the Institute with the most control of their operating energy costs while offering benefits to its 700 scientists and staff.”

This project contributes to EDFR’s growing portfolio of integrated energy systems in San Diego and could also provide Virtual Power Plant (VPP) grid services to support Community Choice Aggregation.