PETERBOROUGH, ONT.—Ameresco, Inc. a clean technology integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, has partnered with Trent University to install various energy efficiency upgrades, including an on-campus Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).
The upgrades aim to further reduce the university’s carbon footprint and support the provincial energy grid.
The BESS will store energy overnight, when the provincial grid is producing the lowest cost and lowest carbon energy, and use it to power the campus at strategic times when the Ontario system operators typically turn to gas-fired generation to meet atypical high demand for electricity, indicates a release. This will contribute to Ontario’s Industrial Conservation Initiative and will result in an expected reduction in global adjustment fees of over $1 million annually which will fund the BESS installation as well as extensive upgrades to the university’s electrical infrastructure, adds the release.
Construction is scheduled to commence later in the fall and proposed upgrades include the installation of a 2.5MW/5 MWh BESS, the replacement of aging switchgear components and the implementation of a carport canopy photo-voltaic and electric vehicle charging station.
“This project is an exciting next step in Trent’s ongoing commitment to environmental and sustainable initiatives on campus,” said Tariq Al-Idrissi, acting vice-president of finance and administration at Trent University, in a statement. “Our renewed energy performance contract with Ameresco builds on previous energy saving projects such as converting the campus lighting to LEDs, implementing smart ventilation systems and using solar energy to power the new zero-carbon Forensics Crime Scene Facility, the first of its kind in Canada.”