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California’s Visalia Unified School District to Install 1.6 MWh of Green Charge Energy Storage

Energy Storage Installed at Five Schools Throughout the District is
Expected to Generate Savings of More than $100,000 a Year

SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#ENGIEGreen
Charge
, an ENGIE Company, today announced that the Visalia Unified
School District will install 1.6-megawatt hours of energy storage at
five schools in the district. The energy storage system, coupled with
solar, is expected to save the school district more than $1,000,000 over
the 10-year contract. The Visalia school district invested in the energy
storage system, which will become the largest installation of energy
storage systems in a Tulare County school district. Green Charge’s
energy storage solution will be on display at the California Association
of School Business Officials (CASBO) Fall Central Section Fall
Conference on Friday, September 29 at the Wyndham Hotel in Visalia, CA.

“Some K-12 school districts do not realize that deploying an energy
storage system will save significant money,” said Rick Brown, Ph.D.,
president, Terra Verde Renewable Partners, project managers for the
Visalia USD energy storage project. “Savings generated from demand
charge reduction are an indirect boon to education, since paying less
for electricity leaves more in the operational budget.”

Green Charge was recently
named the number one energy storage company
by Navigant Research and
their customer portfolio includes more than 100 California schools. The
Green Charge energy storage systems are monitored, optimized, and
controlled through its proprietary software platform. The Green Charge
system includes GridSynergy® Storage, a customized indoor/outdoor
lithium-ion-based battery storage unit and GridSynergy Software,
providing visibility, analytics and managing demand for energy and
providing visibility into savings. Adding energy storage to solar PV,
allows Visalia to smooth out peaks and gaps in generation and energy use
caused by facility operations.

”Over the past 5 years our Board has directed us to implement solar and
energy conservation projects that reduce operational costs and
demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship. We are excited
to move into this new technology to advance our continuous search for
cost-effective energy solutions,” noted Robert Groeber, Assistant
Superintendent at Visalia USD.

“Green Charge has installed more energy storage systems at more school
districts throughout California than any other provider,” said Vic Shao,
president and CEO at Green Charge. “What is significant for
cash-strapped schools is that funds generated from energy storage can be
made available almost as soon as the energy storage system is installed,
thanks to California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). This
program promotes the installation of certain technologies (among them
solar PV and energy storage) that are deployed to meet all or a portion
of a facility’s electricity needs. Converted to general funds, all of
these funds can enable schools to commit to much-needed infrastructural
improvements, hire additional teachers, or fund traditionally
cash-strapped arts programs.”

If you’re interested in learning more about how K-12 school districts
and community colleges can grow their general fund with an energy
storage solution please visit http://www.greencharge.net/site-analysis/.

About TerraVerde:

TerraVerde is the leading independent energy advisory firm focused on
developing and managing large-scale efficiency and solar and battery
storage projects for its clients. TerraVerde develops renewable energy
facilities for local and state governments, school districts and water
agencies. Solar energy systems provide TerraVerde clients with fairly
priced, reliable, long-term, inflation-hedged sources of green energy.
Additionally, these systems help TerraVerde clients meet clean energy
regulatory requirements and achieve green branding objectives.
TerraVerde creates value in the communities in which we operate by
reducing local greenhouse gas emissions, supporting community-based
environmental programs and local government initiatives and providing
investments that promote the development of green jobs. For more
information, visit: www.TerraVerdeEnergy.com.

About Green Charge:

Green Charge has been designing and deploying commercial energy storage
since 2009, with systems installed throughout the United States. As part
of ENGIE, the largest independent power producer in the world, Green
Charge’s mission is to use energy storage to power the world efficiently
and sustainably. Our team consists of top energy storage industry
experts who provide performance-based solutions to optimize the value of
energy for our customers. Our ecosystem of solar, EV charging, and
energy efficiency experts allows our customers to combine energy storage
and renewables easily and economically. Visit www.greencharge.net
for more information.

Contacts

Green Charge
Anne Smith, 408-313-8089
[email protected]