EDF Renewables will deploy a 1MW/4MWh battery storage facility to mitigate spikes in usage, lower demand charges and reduce overall energy and operational costs.
The storage system will recharge the battery when energy is at its lowest available rates, and then later discharging that power to the zoo when costs are highest.
The deal is performance-based hence the zoo will pay EDF Renewables in line with the actual utility bill savings realised from the operation of the system.
Adam Ringler, director of performance improvement, stated, “This is a perfect example of how we are identifying and implementing cost-effective energy and green environmental projects as a part of San Diego Zoo Global’s commitment to sustainability. In this case, the savings can be invested into enhancing the Zoo experience and furthering wildlife conservation and education.”
Andrew Goldstone, director of distributed solutions at EDF Renewables, commented, “We are honoured to be partnering with such a well-known and respected organisation in the San Diego community. This is a perfect illustration of how we are bringing decades of experience and our financial stability to serve not only utilities and wholesale markets, but also end-users of energy through our Distributed Solutions group.”