The Aquarium of the Pacific is home to more than 500 different species and consumes about 1.2 MW of electricity annually. The aquarium is continually improving its energy efficiency to reduce consumption, lower operating costs, and improve resiliency. Partner Energy has helped the aquarium improve its energy efficiency and sustainability through a variety of projects over several years.
Analysis of data from an energy audit identified opportunities to improve building performance through retro-commissioning. Partner Energy developed specifications for new boilers with high-efficiency condensing units and domestic hot water systems. The systems were re-commissioned and the building energy management system was re-programmed to optimize performance.
Plans for an on-site renewable energy system were realized with the procurement and installation of a 1.2 MW fuel cell. The aquarium now offsets nearly 90% of the energy it consumes, enabling the facility to sustain its 11,000 residents without relying on the power grid.