Thermal Energy Storage (TES)
CSU, Chico has a Thermal Energy Storage (TES) tank that was built in 1994 and holds a total of 1,350,704 gallons. It allows us to cool buildings during off peak hours in the summer time, purchase power when energy rates are cheaper and also reduces the energy grid demand during peak hours. Operationally it is more efficient to cool the water in the tank when there is a lower outside temperature.
The BCP and the TES supports the entire campus, except for University Housing & Food Service, University Farm, Foundation Buildings, and the Gateway Science Museum.