On-Campus Storage Featured at ESNA 2016

Posted March 25, 2016 by Zoe Fishman
In California, schools spend $700 million per year on electricity – the same amount they spend on books and supplies. Fortunately, electricity is an expenditure that schools can reduce without compromising the quality of instruction or services for students. In fact, saving on electricity bills can mean more money to direct towards teachers, classroom supplies and better facilities.

Electricity bills are a significant, and rising, share of the average school’s budget. K-12 schools, community colleges and universities are discovering that energy storage allows them to dramatically reduce their electricity bills while also increasing reliability and advancing their sustainability goals – all at zero upfront cost.

Come explore storage’s role in reducing electricity bills and increasing reliability for campuses and schools at Energy Storage North America’s session, “Island, Campus, and Military Microgrids: Case Studies and Best Practices.” Speakers will provide an overview of the applications, benefits, operational experiences and lessons learned from integrating energy storage into their energy management strategy.

We’re excited to highlight speaker: Greg Nelson, VP of Finance and College Operations at the College of Marin. Greg has championed energy savings projects for community colleges in both California and Georgia, helping campuses install LED lighting systems, solar generation and most recently, energy storage systems. Under his leadership, the College of Marin was the first community college in California to implement Tesla’s stationary energy storage system.

Greg will discuss how the College of Marin procured energy storage and share best practices for other campuses considering storage. In regards to the College of Marin energy storage project with Tesla, college president David Wain Coon said, “It won’t cost us a dime and we’ll save $100,000 to $150,000 on our power bills. It’s very exciting” . . . we at Energy Storage North America agree.