The University of California, San Diego is installing a 2.5-MW, 5-MWh battery-based energy storage system (ESS). The system will be integrated into the university’s microgrid, which accounts for 92 percent of the electricity used on campus annually.
“Energy storage has the potential to transform the global energy landscape. It can help make renewable energy sources more reliable and is critical to a resilient, efficient, clean and cost-effective grid. We are proud to help advance this technology,” said Gary Matthews, vice chancellor for Resource Management and Planning.
The energy storage system was purchased from BYD and is scheduled to be operational in spring 2015. Upon completion, UC San Diego will be eligible for up to $3.25 million in financial incentives through the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).
In 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) set a goal to have 1.3-GW of energy storage procured and installed by three of the state’s investor-owned utilities by 2024.
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