NEC Energy Completes Microgrid Project in Eugene, Oregon

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NEC Energy Solutions has completed a 500 kW/1000 kWh battery energy storage system installed at a microgrid in the Howard Elementary School in Eugene, Oregon.


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The project, part of Eugene Water & Electric Board’s (EWEB) plan to improve resiliency by creating community points of water distribution around the city of Eugene for its customers during restoration following a large-scale disaster.

NEC Energy made the announcement Wednesday at Microgrid 2019 in San Diego. Worley managed the engineering, procurement and construction contract (EPC).

Owned and operated by EWEB, the project will not only dramatically reduce energy costs through peak shaving but will also ensure resiliency for the school, providing extra hours of power during times of shutdown, such as during inclement weather events, according to NEC.

EWEB has installed a well at the Howard Elementary School in partnership with the school district. When supplied by the battery energy storage system and the local PV system, this well will provide local access to fresh, potable drinking water to EWEB customers during an extended outage.

“This is a great example of the community coming together to leverage the benefits of energy storage for all parties, especially the citizens of Eugene,” said Steve Fludder, CEO of NEC Energy Solutions. “From saving on energy costs, to ensuring the power stays on and that customers of the Eugene Water & Electric Board have access to fresh water, this project shows the value of proper planning, design and innovation that NEC’s energy storage solutions provide.”

Kirk Neubauer, Project Manager, Worley said that his company is “proudly expanding our involvement in such developments, which provide better futures for local communities and affirm our commitment to the Worley mission of helping our customers to meet the world’s changing resources and energy needs.”

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