WAKE FOREST, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PowerSecure International, Inc. (NYSE: POWR), announced today that it has designed and installed the power systems for Sandy Grove Middle School (SGMS) in Lumber Bridge, NC, which opened for the 2013-2014 school year as one of the nation’s first net positive energy schools.
The LEED platinum certified school, which produces more energy than it consumes, will utilize a 589 kW DC solar photovoltaic system, designed and installed by PowerSecure Solar. Additionally, a 600 kW generator from PowerSecure, which includes PowerSecure’s custom controls and distributed generation solution, will enable demand response when the local utility, Lumbee River Electrical Cooperative, begins its anticipated demand response program in 2014.
“When we acquired our solar capabilities in 2012, we were looking to integrate solar with our industry-leading DG offering through microgrid, firm solar and other applications, and the project at Sandy Grove is a fantastic example of how these combined assets can deliver enhanced value to our customers,” said Sidney Hinton, chief executive officer of PowerSecure.
SGMS is expected to serve as a model for new school design and is anticipated to save nearly $16 million in energy cost alone over the next 40 years. Combined with other operations and maintenance efficiencies, SGMS will save Hoke County, NC more than $35 million during that same period.
PowerSecure partnered with First Floor/SFL&A, the school developer and architect, Optima Engineering, the building engineer, and MetCon Inc., the general contractor, to develop this net positive energy school prototype, incorporating integrated distributed energy systems, geothermal and state of the art energy efficiency.
PowerSecure International, Inc. is a leading provider of utility and energy technologies to electric utilities, and their industrial, institutional and commercial customers. PowerSecure provides products and services in the areas of Interactive Distributed Generation ® (IDG®), energy efficiency and utility infrastructure. The company is a pioneer in developing IDG® power systems with sophisticated smart grid capabilities, including the ability to 1) forecast electricity demand and electronically deploy the systems to deliver more efficient, and environmentally friendly, power at peak power times, 2) provide utilities with dedicated electric power generation capacity to utilize for demand response purposes and 3) provide customers with the most dependable standby power in the industry. Its proprietary distributed generation system designs utilize a range of technologies to deliver power, including renewables. The company’s energy efficiency business develops energy efficient lighting technologies that improve the quality of light, including its proprietary EfficientLights® LED lighting products for grocery, drug and convenience stores, and its SecureLite area light and PowerLite street lights for utilities and municipalities. PowerSecure also provides electric utilities with transmission and distribution infrastructure maintenance and construction services, and engineering and regulatory consulting services. Additional information is available at www.powersecure.com.
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