EnSync Energy Systems, developer of innovative distributed energy resource (DER) systems and internet of energy (IOE) control platforms for the utility, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant building markets, announced it will be supplying its Matrix Energy Management and DER Flex technologies, to serve as the platform for immediate and long-term energy and sustainability goals of the Chemehuevi Native American tribe’s community center in San Bernardino County, California. The platform technology will support peak load, demand reduction and additional energy strategies developed by the University of California Riverside research team, while also providing capability to interface with the local utility for grid services and spot market sale of electricity. EnSync Energy’s DER system will integrate a 90-kilowatt solar PV array, and energy storage totaling 125 kilowatt-hours.
University of California Riverside’s Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) obtained California-state funding to build a commercially available system for the tribe that demonstrates DERs and grid load management, while addressing energy resiliency and reliability issues at the community center, which also serves as the tribe’s Emergency Response Center. The SC-RISE team introduced EnSync Energy’s integrated technology solutions as a short and long-term partner in reducing the community center energy costs immediately, and establishing a platform for utilizing EnSync Energy’s DER Flex IOE software, to prioritize electrical applications, and enable aggregation and monetization of distributed generation assets.
“Our research team at the university has significant goals for helping our partners at the Chemehuevi tribe reach true resiliency at their site, and we feel the Matrix technology and forward-thinking software like DER Flex are an ideal fit for attaining those goals,” said University of California Riverside SC-RISE managing director, Alfredo Martinez-Morales, PhD. “The EnSync Energy technology goes beyond the traditional standard inverter technology to provide a truly integrated platform that doesn’t require multiple vendors to get involved and numerous software upgrades down the road, which is a great option for this project with the Chemehuevi community,” he added.
“This partnership will accomplish many goals of the tribe by not only reducing their electricity costs and adding resiliency during critical times and emergency situations, but also establishing them at the forefront of using generation assets to participate in real-time utility and ISO energy markets,” said Brad Hansen, CEO and president of EnSync Energy Systems. “We believe that building the bridge between DER users and utilities through our DER Flex IOE software in this economically challenged region is one small step towards closing the green divide found in communities across America.”
The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2017.
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