Enel X, the Enel Group’s advanced energy services business line, continues to grow its energy storage business in California, signing an agreement to manage a battery storage system as part of a solar + storage project at the San Diego Blood Bank. By combining onsite solar generation with a battery storage system, the Blood Bank will be able to self-generate, store and consume electricity, providing the facility with cost savings, while also reducing its environmental footprint.
“This project showcases the depth of Enel X’s capabilities, including working with leading solar developers, as well as the economic and sustainability benefits our solutions deliver to customers,” said Surya Panditi, head of Enel X North America. “With this system, the Blood Bank can focus on providing the local community with critical services, like expanding COVID-19 antibody testing capabilities, while we maximize the organization’s energy cost savings through customized, innovative solutions that translate to real value and increased sustainability for the customer.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Enel X will operate the system on behalf of the Blood Bank. The 334-kW/ 668-kWh battery energy storage system will be paired with a 976-kW rooftop and carport solar PV system. This will provide shade and 100% renewable energy generated by PV and stored in the battery system to charge the Blood Bank’s new electric blood mobile fleet.
Once complete, the system, which was designed and developed by local EPC Newport Power, is expected to generate more than 1,500,000 kWh annually of renewable energy. Through the integration of the PV facility with the energy storage system, the Blood Bank will be able to generate and store renewable energy to be used when electricity costs are highest. This will help reduce the organization’s energy spend and enable the Blood Bank to focus its resources on the critical supply of blood to hospitals within San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Los Angeles counties. Additionally, the San Diego Blood Bank recently began providing antibody tests, as it further supports the region’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19.
“Utilizing solar and battery storage is simply a smart business decision,” said David Wellis, CEO of San Diego Blood Bank. “It benefits our environment and our community.”
Like all Enel X storage deployments, the system will utilize Enel X’s Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Optimization software, and its unique capabilities to maximize the earnings potential of the project across multiple applications, including on bill savings, incentive programs and grid services.
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