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Smart energy management for a commercial client in California

EDF Store & Forecast participated in the “Innovation Drive” project run by EDF Renewables, a subsidiary of the EDF group in North America. The project comprised a solar rooftop, solar carports, energy storage, and a charging system for electric vehicles; all managed by EDF Store & Forecast’s Energy Management System for optimized and smarter energy management.

The Innovation Drive project was implemented at EDF Renewables’ headquarters in San Diego, California. The site was kitted out with a 209 kWp solar power plant installed on the parking lot shade structure, along with a 182 kWp solar rooftop installation, as well as charging points for electric vehicles and a 300 kW-600 kWh battery as flexible energy sources.

The Energy Management System (EMS) enables onsite coordination of photovoltaic energy production and site consumption thanks to the flexible sources and forecast services provided. The EMS continuously manages the connected assets to ensure the client can achieve its targets relating to grid management constraints. Furthermore, if more photovoltaic energy is generated than consumed on any given day, the surplus energy is stored in the battery so that it can be returned at the optimal time, thereby reducing the site’s electricity bill.

EDF Store & Forecast was selected to carry out the following thanks to its extensive industry expertise:
• Advance project engineering for optimal battery sizing
• Photovoltaic generation and electricity consumption forecasts
• Supply of the EMS solution and onsite delivery of the battery
• Development of the client interface for monitoring the local electrical grid
• Software solution maintenance

After Biot in France and San Diego Zoo in the United States, Innovation Drive is EDF Store & Forecast’s third project in this market segment. This kind of project represents an opportunity for any company looking to reduce its energy bills while making its commercial sites more environmentally friendly.