18 April 2017
Ice Energy, the leading provider of distributed thermal energy storage solutions, and Horizon Solar Power, one of California’s largest installers of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems for residential and commercial facilities, have completed the installation of a solar-plus-ice-battery-storage system at Palm Springs Cultural Center.
The project was financed by California’s Self-Generation Inventive Program (SGIP) and by Property Assessed Clean Energy. Those two organisations support renewable energies by funding projects in different areas (industry, business, agriculture).
The collaboration of Ice Energy and Horizon Solar Power aims at demonstrating the economic value of combining solar PV with ice battery storage to displace peak electricity demand and enable solar self-consumption on a grid-wide scale.The system installed in Palm Springs comprises 73.6 kW of solar panels and five ice batteries, called Ice Bears. These batteries charge during the day, thanks to the solar PV system, and discharge in the evening using the stored ice to cool the Cultural Center.