Thirty-three Ice Bears, the first of which came online in November 2012, are in place meeting summer peak A/C demand with energy storage capacity at nine commercial and industrial customer sites.
Together, Ice Energy program participants have received more than $627,000 in total rebates through HVAC Optimization Energy Efficiency Program rebates sponsored by SCE. The average investment per customer was $139,965 and the average total rebate per customer was $69,670. Program participants bought the units directly from Ice Energy.
The Ice Bears redistribute energy use to off-peak hours when rates are much lower, thereby increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
Customers include a chain of diners (24 kW), a high-tech manufacturing plant (30 kW), two wineries (127 kW) and a Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) project (38 kW). SCPPA also has a separate 53 MW Ice Energy deployment in progress.
This article was originally published on Electric Light & Power/POWERGRID International. It was republished with permission.