General Electric (NYSE: GE) will supply Con Edison Development (CED) with an 8 MWh battery energy storage system in Central Valley, California.
The new storage solution will be utilizing GE’s Mark VIe-based plant control system, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion battery modules. As part of its expanding energy storage portfolio, this project marks the first time GE will introduce a lithium ion battery solution. The system will provide two megawatts of power over a four-hour period. The deal also includes delivery of a complete energy storage system, with associated long-term service agreements. The site is expected to be operational in the next six to nine months.
“We have a history of working with GE in thermal and wind, and we are pleased to continue our long-standing collaboration into the evolving world of energy storage,” said Mark Noyes, SVP and COO of Con Edison Development, in an April 16 statement. “GE brings a strong technical solution, along with performance guarantees.”
“GE is committed to the energy storage business,” said Jeff Wyatt, general manager of GE’s solar and energy storage units. “Our goal is to help our customers provide flexibility across the grid by combining our expertise in plant controls, power electronics, systems engineering, and fundamental battery knowledge. The recent addition of lithium ion technology complements our Durathon battery offering and gives customers more flexibility in meeting their specific site application needs.”
GE utilized advanced analytics and modeling to evaluate potential benefits of the energy storage system. The California-based installation will be CED’s first energy storage project and will serve as a learning tool for optimizing and operating energy storage facilities in the future.
The state of California has encouraged investments in energy storage in recent years. In 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) announced targets that call for California investor-owned utilities to procure 1.325 gigawatts (GW) of cost-effective energy storage by 2020.
Con Edison Development develops, owns and operates renewable and energy infrastructure projects. The company is one of the largest owners and operators of solar projects in North America. CED has successfully developed, and owns and operates facilities generating in excess of 550 MW of renewable power across California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Nebraska, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Rhode Island. It is an unregulated subsidiary of Consolidated Edison (NYSE: ED), the nation’s oldest and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $42 billion in assets.