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Irvine Co. creates first fleet of hybrid-electric buildings

Irvine Company is creating the world’s first fleet of Hybrid-Electric Buildings® to reduce peak-energy demand and ease the need for additional power plants.

Irvine Company and Advanced Microgrid Solutions are creating the world’s first fleet of Hybrid-Electric Buildings® that will reduce peak-energy demand from local utilities, ease the need for additional power plants to replace capacity from the retirement of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, and reduce electricity costs.

For Irvine Company, this is a portfolio-wide initiative (it has more than 500 office buildings primarily in coastal California). The first phase of the Irvine Company project—which will include up to 24 office buildings in Irvine— is expected to reduce peak demand in those buildings by 25% and provide SCE with up to 10 megawatts of reserve capacity, enough to supply power to 10,000 homes.

During peak energy hours, the buildings will be powered by 4,000-pound Tesla Powerpack battery systems.

Stored energy initiatives such as this one are part of Southern California Edison’s (SCE’s) ground-breaking grid modernization plan. You can read the initial press release here.

—October 2015