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Ice Energy has announced full deployment of a regional energy storage program contributing capacity toward Southern California Edison's (SCE) state-mandated 50 MW of energy storage. Thirty-three Ice Bears units, the first of which came online in November 2012, are in place at nine commercial and industrial customer sites.

Together, Ice Energy says program participants have received a total of more than $627,000 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, the company adds. 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, according to Ice Energy. Customers include a chain of diners (24 kW), a 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.

"Southern California Edison is committed to providing our customers affordable, reliable energy delivered safely. Part of our commitment to them is to help with demand-side management solutions so that they can save energy, save money and help keep the lights on for their neighbors, especially during times of high-demand on the grid,” comments Lisa Cagnolatti, vice president of the utilities’ business customer division.





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