Utility-scale battery storage plant in California goes offline indefinitely following overheating incident
- Sep 15, 2021 12:08 am GMT
When Texas-based Vistra cut the ribbon on the expansion of their plant in Moss Landing, CA on Aug. 19, it meant that the Monterey Bay facility would be the largest battery storage facility in the world. The expansion—a 100MW/400MWH facility—added to their existing 300MW/1,200MWH facility, which they opened on the same site in December 2020. However, now Vistra is looking at a significant issue and their crown as largest operating battery storage facility has been stripped away, for now at least.
On Sept. 4, around 8pm, local fire teams were called to the plant for a structure fire inside the 300MW facility. When crews arrived, they only found smoke and water-drenched batteries from the facility's fire-suppression system. The 300MW facility, which carried 3/4th of the plant's battery storage capacity is now out of commission for the foreseeable future while Vistra tries to find out what happened.
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