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Santa Monica Hotel Becomes First in U.S. to Install Intelligent Energy Storage Coupled With EV Charging

Shore Hotel officially unveils its Green Charge Networks intelligent energy storage system coupled with electric vehicle charging. Shore Hotel is a leader in sustainability among Santa Monica's luxury hotels and the only newly-built LEED-Gold certified hotel in the city. Shore Hotel is the first hotel in the United States to install an energy storage system coupled with fast DC EV charging, and the intelligent energy storage system, which is expected to save 50 percent in demand charges. The unveiling ceremony included a live demonstration featuring the new 2015 Kia Soul EV, a fast charging station and Green Charge’s intelligent energy storage.
The Shore Hotel also received the City’s prestigious 2015 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) Grand Prize, which recognizes businesses that make significant achievements in the categories of sustainable economic development, social responsibility, and stewardship of the environment. 
Every time an EV is plugged in to a charging station, the electricity demand for a building spikes, which can leave businesses with high demand charges at the end of the month. Demand charges are part of every commercial electricity bill and are determined by the highest 15 minutes of use during a billing cycle. Even one sudden spike in energy usage can send monthly electric bills skyrocketing. Energy storage empowers businesses to better control their energy use and reduce their monthly electric costs.
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