High-impact smart energy management system and PPA will enable over $460,000 in savings for Maui community social good center
MAUI, Hawaii, Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems, a leading developer of innovative distributed energy resources (DERs), signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with J. Walter Cameron Center (JWCC), a nonprofit incubator space for service agencies in the Maui community. The PPA will bring JWCC nearly half a million dollars in savings during the terms of the agreement.
The solar plus storage project encompasses a 148-kW photovoltaic (PV) installation and EnSync Energy's DER SuperModule™—244 kWh of energy storage supported by EnSync Energy's Matrix™ Energy Management System and DER Flex™ technologies. The solar energy system incorporates two subsystems: a 62-kW alternating current, PV-only system to directly serve the buildings' loads and an 86-kW direct current system connected to the SuperModule to store energy for off-peak solar hours and for demand charge mitigation. The batteries will be charged using 100 percent solar energy.
"This project has been tailored to both our functional site needs and our mission of improving the Maui community," said Cesar Gaxiola, executive director of J. Walter Cameron Center. "As we continue to expand our presence, this sustainable energy infrastructure model can be scaled up with a backup supply and a sophisticated financial package that brings significant cost savings for no money down."
JWCC provides over 43,000 square feet of office space across six individual buildings to 16 resident agencies, including The American Cancer Society - Hawaii Pacific, The American Red Cross and The Maui Chamber of Commerce. The center also provides program space and support resources to over 250 community groups that together serve 30,000 Maui residents.
Beyond cost reductions from the lower PPA rate, JWCC will benefit from demand charge mitigation services, which will decrease the center's utility bills by relying on energy storage to manage high demand charges. While the project will not export electricity to the grid, the system infrastructure has the ability to export, providing the center an opportunity to participate in potential grid services offered by the utility in the future.
The center consulted with EnSync Energy's project engineers to size the system to meet the center's operational needs. The project's SuperModule houses EnSync Energy's smart energy software-hardware solutions—the DER Flex software and the Matrix Energy Management hardware—and four 61 kWh lithium ion batteries. With EnSync Energy's scalable technology, the energy capacity of the SuperModule can easily be expanded as JWCC's energy requirements grow.
EnSync Energy's CEO Brad Hansen said, "Our customized, modular approach to distributed energy resource system design enables an optimized solution for any individual site. This project's focus on adaptability, affordability and interconnectivity also reflects the center's core goals of scalable growth and community support."
DER Flex and Matrix technologies respond to situational parameters and will be used by the JWCC for time-of-use shifting and demand charge mitigation. DER Flex assesses numerous external variables, such as weather forecasting, served load requirements and market price signals, to model when energy will be most expensive. This real-time analysis enables the system to automatically prioritize and synchronize the physical sourcing and delivery of electrons to create the best return.
Construction will commence in the coming months.
About EnSync Energy Systems
EnSync, Inc. (NYSE American: ESNC), dba EnSync Energy Systems (EnSync Energy), is creating the future of electricity with innovative distributed energy resource (DER) systems and internet of energy (IOE) control platforms. EnSync Energy ensures the most cost-effective and resilient electricity, delivered from an electrical infrastructure that prioritizes the use of all available resources, such as renewables, energy storage and the utility grid. As project developer, EnSync Energy's distinctive engagement methodology encompasses load analysis, system design consulting, and technical and financial modeling to ensure energy systems are sized and optimized to meet our customers' objectives for value and performance. Proprietary direct current (DC) power control hardware, energy management software, and extensive experience with numerous energy storage technologies uniquely positions EnSync Energy to deliver fully integrated systems that provide for efficient design, procurement, commissioning, and ongoing operation. EnSync Energy's IOE control platform adapts easily to ever-changing generation and load variables, as well as changes in utility prices and programs, ensuring the means to make or save money behind-the-meter, while concurrently providing utilities the opportunity to use DERs for an array of grid enhancing services. In addition to direct system sales, EnSync Energy includes power purchase agreements (PPAs) in its portfolio of offerings, which enables electricity savings for customers and provides a stable financial yield for investors. EnSync Energy is a global corporation, with joint venture Meineng Energy in AnHui, China, and energy project development subsidiary Holu Energy LLC in Hawaii, and DCfusion LLC, a power system engineering and design, consultancy and policy firm. For more information, visit www.ensync.com
About J. Walter Cameron Center
The J. Walter Cameron Center is a 501c nonprofit organization that provides over 43,000 square feet of office space across six individual buildings to 16 resident agencies that offer health and human services to over 30,000 Maui community clients annually. In addition, more than 250 community groups, ethnic clubs, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private businesses use the center's meeting rooms throughout the year, attracting over 30,000 attendees. For more information please visit www.jwcameroncenter.org.
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