- Aug 5, 2021 5:18 pm GMT
Storage continues to ramp up in California. The two projects below have the capability of providing almost 2,700 MWh of battery discharge to the grid when needed. This is equivalent to 14 - 50MW NG peaker plants running for 4hours.
Terra-Gen said on Monday (2 August) that financing has been completed for the first phase of what looks set to be the world’s largest solar-plus-storage project, Edwards Sanborn Solar Storage facility, in California’s Kern County
However, in Monday’s press release the developer said the near-term phases of the project franchise will include 760MWac of solar and 2,445MWh of energy storage, with the first 735MWh of battery storage expected to come online in the third quarter of this year.
By the second quarter of 2022, the first 1,501MWh phase of battery deployment should be online, along with 346MW of solar. Subsequent phases will be financed later this year, with expected commissioning dates for the second half of 2022 and the beginning of 2023.
Meanwhile, Capital Dynamics said that it has secured tax equity investment on a 60MW / 240MWh battery energy storage system (BESS), which is being retrofitted to a 280MWac solar PV plant and for which the off taker is consumer tech giant Apple.
The project is expected to be completed later this year, Capital Dynamics said in a press release last week.
Note the second project is a retrofit to an existing solar plant. I would expect that almost all existing large solar plants will eventually incorporate storage.
Note: will be interesting to see if the first 735 MWh of storage actually come online in the third quarter of this year. The CA grid can definitely use it.
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