Invenergy charges up new energy storage facility at wind/solar farm in Illinois

Invenergy LLC on May 14 announced the start of commercial operations of its 31.5-MW Grand Ridge Energy Storage project in La Salle County, Illinois.

The project is located about 80 miles southwest of Chicago at Invenergy’s Grand Ridge Energy Center, which includes a 210-MW wind farm, a 20-MW solar project, and an existing 1.5-MW energy storage unit. The new Grand Ridge Energy Storage facility provides fast-response regulation service to the PJM Interconnection market.

“Invenergy believes that energy storage holds the potential to be a transformative force in the evolution of the electric grid,” said Kris Zadlo, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Transmission at Invenergy. “As we expand our storage project portfolio, Grand Ridge Energy Storage reflects our company’s commitment to, and belief in, the future of this revolutionary technology. We look forward to continuing to work with our customers to provide innovative storage solutions for their needs.”

Invenergy also will bring online this year the 31.5-MW Beech Ridge Energy Storage project in West Virginia, located at an existing wind farm. Both Beech Ridge Energy Storage and Grand Ridge Energy Storage are utilizing BYD America‘s Containerized Energy Storage System. In all, Invenergy has more than 100 MW of energy storage projects in operation, in construction, and in development in the United States.  

“We are delighted with Invenergy’s selection of BYD’s Energy Storage system, which features our proprietary Lithium-ion Iron-Phosphate battery chemistry,” said Stella Li, Senior Vice President at BYD Company Ltd. “Our technology is the first environmentally-friendly battery chemistry in the world, and has an industry-leading longevity and performance.”

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in North America and Europe. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Europe. Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 9,000 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 75 wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.