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Direct Energy Business Customer BJ’s Wholesale Club Saves with Energy Storage

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Yesterday we announced that two BJ’s Wholesale Club sites in Massachusetts will adopt a smart energy storage system, which was made possible by a dedicated investment fund created by Direct Energy Business and SolarCity last year to finance up to $124 million in solar projects. We’re very excited that our customer is taking advantage of this funding opportunity, and furthering our already strong relationship with BJ’s Wholesale Club.

The Details

Two BJ’s Wholesale Club sites in Framingham and Dedham, Mass. are early adopters of DemandLogic, SolarCity’s smart energy storage system for businesses and commercial users. These are the first BJ’s Clubs to install solar energy coupled with storage and will be the first two sites on the East Coast to utilize SolarCity’s DemandLogic™ platform.

The Framingham Club will have more than 400 kilowatts of solar energy while Dedham will install 764 kilowatts of solar energy. Both BJ’s Clubs will be installed in conjunction with a 200 kilowatt lithium-ion battery storage system that cuts energy costs by using stored electricity to lower peak demand. These two DemandLogic systems are expected to be installed by February 2015. The projects have the potential to save BJ’s thousands of dollars each year on their demand charges alone at each site, and also provide a long-term hedge against rising demand rates. SolarCity will also install a 1.3 megawatt solar system on BJ’s distribution facility in Uxbridge, Mass. this year.

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Posted: October 17, 2014