Lancaster, Calif. (October 23, 2014) – Today, the City of Lancaster unveiled an energy storage system at the Lancaster Museum of Art & History (MOAH). The City and partner Green Charge Networks also unveiled Lancaster’s first Electric Vehicle (EV) fast charging station, located in MOAH’s parking lot. In its ongoing pursuit of optimal economic and environmental efficiencies, the City is constantly working to maximize the use of alternative energy and green technologies. With the help of a California Energy Commission grant, Green Charge Networks, a leading California energy storage company, installed both the new storage system and EV fast charging station.
“The City of Lancaster prides itself in utilizing cutting edge technologies. It is great to see these technologies installed and operational right here in the heart of our downtown,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.
MOAH’s new energy storage system is an important addition to Lancaster’s alternative energy efforts. The system stores energy to be used at peak times, thus offsetting ever-increasing demand charges which continue to spike City-wide electric bills. Over the past decade, demand charges throughout California have grown more than 7% each year – accounting for 50% of the electric bills of many businesses and institutions. Green Charge Networks’ system utilizes proven technology to cut these demand charges by up to 50%. In bringing this energy storage technology to Lancaster, the company helps Lancaster take yet another step toward its goal of becoming America’s first Net-Zero city.
“Green Charge Networks’ GreenStationTM will reduce the museum’s demand charges thus lowering their operating costs and maximizing the building’s power efficiency,” said Vic Shao, CEO of Green Charge Networks. “Since solar-generated power is now required for new homes in the City of Lancaster, adding intelligent energy storage will save tax dollars while creating a more flexible grid that’s ready to take solar power utilization to the next level.”
The new EV ChadeMO DC fast charging station will also support the City’s green energy efforts, as it is the first EV charger in Lancaster capable of charging compatible electric vehicles to 80% capacity in approximately 30 minutes, roughly a tenth the time that it takes at the seven other public EV chargers in the City. This new EV fast charging station is operated by NRG eVgo and is now available for public use in MOAH’s rear parking lot.
The seven other public EV chargers are conveniently located throughout downtown Lancaster. Three single car chargers are installed in the north parking lot of Lancaster City Hall, while four EV chargers have been installed in the southeast section of the Metrolink Station parking lot, located on Sierra Highway.
“This is yet another example of the City of Lancaster’s dedication to improving power efficiency throughout our community. This new energy storage system will save taxpayer dollars by lowering MOAH’s energy costs,” added Vice Mayor Marvin Crist. “We’ve also made a new charging station available for electric vehicle owners – all via innovative and environmentally conscious technologies. We’d like to thank Green Charge Networks and the California Energy Commission for helping to make this possible.”
About the City of Lancaster
The City of Lancaster is a thriving community of nearly 160,000 in northern Los Angeles County. Clean air, attainable housing, wide open spaces, and a close-knit community make Lancaster an ideal place for businesses and families alike. A low cost of doing business, endless potential for growth, and a strong commitment to business from local leaders has twice earned Lancaster the Eddy Award for “Most Business-Friendly City” in Los Angeles County from the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation. In addition, Lancaster boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year, making it the ideal place to pioneer new solar energy technologies. No matter how you look at it, it’s positively clear that Lancaster is the perfect place to live, work and play.
About Green Charge Networks, LLC (Green Charge)
Founded in 2009, Green Charge Networks is a leader in intelligent customer-sited energy storage. The company gives commercial and industrial businesses, municipalities, and schools control of rising demand rates on their monthly electric bills. Green Charge’s product complements solar PV, electric vehicle charging, and energy efficiency. The GreenStationTM was developed in partnership with leading utilities and Fortune 500 customers from coast to coast. Green Charge is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA with offices in New York City. For more information, visit www.GreenCharge.Net or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.