Intelligent Energy Storage: A Brighter Future for U.S. Education, Society & the Environment

Young Americans are growing up in a much-changed and resourced-challenged world as compared to that of their parents and grandparents. Charged with preparing America’s youth for this brave new world, the U.S. educational system – problems, debate and controversy notwithstanding – remains the envy of the world, a source of national pride and accomplishment, and one of America’s greatest resources.

Our schools are undergoing unprecedented change and challenges as well – fiscally and operationally as well as educationally. The costs of higher education have sky rocketed as government resources and support dwindle. That’s left students to cope with higher levels of debt in an economy where job growth has been hard to come by – good and high-quality job growth.Price Increase for Higher Education

The cost of energy has been increasing as well. That’s particularly true when it comes to electricity demand during peak hours. That puts a premium on the ability to reduce peak power usage and boost power efficiency.

We at Green Charge believe we can help across all these fronts. We’ve committed ourselves to helping U.S. educational institutions meet these challenges, helping them chart a path towards a clean, healthy, sustainable energy future by reducing and better managing energy use and costs, as well as better preparing students to meet 21st-century challenges.Power Usage kW versus time

U.S. schools, educators and students have been at the forefront of change when it comes to identifying and enacting ways to enhance economic, social and environmental sustainability. With the aim of becoming carbon-neutral by the end of the decade, Cal State Fullerton and Butte College, among others, have installed our GreenStation intelligent energy storage system.

More broadly, U.S. schools are well represented in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power Partnership (GPP) program. EPA GPP Program Director Blaine Collison points out that “an enormous number of schools in the U.S., spanning an incredible size range” are participating in the GPP program.Universities' Green Power Usage

“All have electricity loads and they all have a pretty interesting set of stakeholders in students and faculty that have a very high commitment level to environmental stewardship, and they are looking for ways to improve their environmental performance.”

Over 80 U.S. schools of all types and sizes – public, private, large and small – are making green power purchases, accounting for around 10 percent of the GPP total. EPA-GPP even puts out an annual list of the Top 100 green-power purchasers among U.S. colleges and universities.

Green Charge’s GreenStation intelligent energy storage solution reduces energy consumption and saves schools and organizations money. But that’s not all.

Coupled with solar PV systems and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, for example, the GreenStation service offering can serve as the hub of an intelligent energy storage and management platform that reduces the greenhouse gas emissions and negative environmental impacts associated with fossil fuel-fired electricity generation.Chart Cost of Power Off Peak versus On Peak

Human imagination is boundless, but today’s youth will need to temper, ground and direct their imaginations toward working together to identify and implement sustainable solutions if they are to prosper and thrive. That entails offering them the knowledge and practical skills to make a positive difference in the world.

Spurred forward by advances in technology and more gradual changes in energy policy and regulation, clean energy and power efficiency are key focal points for building sustainable societies and economies today and for the future.

“Green” job growth has been far outpacing that for the U.S. economy as a whole, a trend that’s expected to continue in the future.

More than 12,500 clean energy and transportation jobs were announced in this year’s second quarter (Q2 2014), more than double that of Q1, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) released on the eve of the Labor Day weekend.Jobs in Green Energy Chart

As an educational tool, a GreenStation can serve to better prepare students to obtain employment in the fast growing clean energy and power efficiency sectors.

A GreenStation intelligent energy storage solution can be used to better prepare students to face the future with confidence and optimism grounded in the study of cutting-edge innovation and the discovery and creation of practical, sustainable solutions to energy use and management. That’s leadership and education by example that can help assure a brighter and sustainable future.

Obtaining financing has always been a major hurdle when it comes to energy-efficiency projects. That’s no longer the case, thanks to our no risk and shared savings power efficiency agreement. This service agreement allows customers to only pay when the system performs. Through Green Charge’s Power Efficiency Agreement (PEA), our customers can install the GreenStation with zero-money down, and zero in the way of operations and maintenance costs. Green Charge earns its return on investment as GreenStation customers realize actual savings on their electricity bills.

Interested? Want to find out more? Contact Green Charge sales representation and we’ll be happy to explain the advantages and benefits of installing a GreenStation intelligent energy storage system in greater detail. And we’ll work with you hand-in-hand to develop a customized solution that matches your institution’s specific needs and resources.