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Ice Energy, a leading provider of distributed energy storage and smart grid solutions, has been recognized with the Innovation Award from Energy Storage North America (ESNA) for a Thermal Energy Storage program with the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA).
The joint Ice Energy and SCPPA program involves Ice Bear installations at 200 customer facilities, totaling 2.5MW, or 15MWh of rated capacity to the grid. The units provide optimal efficiency by shifting energy demand to off-peak hours, thereby reducing peak energy consumption and saving significantly on operating expenses.
The theme for this year’s ESNA awards was “Multiple Value Streams,” and targeted energy storage projects that offered the most benefits in multiple areas for customers across North America. Winners of the Innovation Award were chosen based on four key criteria, including:
Mike Hopkins, Ice Energy EVP Corporate Development & Legal, said, “We are honored to be recognized for our thermal energy storage project with SCPPA. The award serves as a testament to the Ice Bear’s continued success as one of the greenest, most cost efficient, and most reliable energy storage solutions.”
In particular, Ice Energy and SCPPA were praised for their innovative use of a ‘utility-owned-behind-the-meter’ business model. To learn more about the ESNA Innovation Award and the additional 2013 winners, view the ESNA official winners announcement.