Alevo plans 8-MW energy storage project in Delaware

Alevo Group, a leading Energy Storage Provider, announced March 17 that it is deploying an 8-MW energy storage system in Lewes, Delaware.

Alevo has worked closely with the City of Lewes and the Lewes Board of Public Works (BPW) on the project, which will involve the re-purposing of a retired oil-fired generator building once operated by the BPW.

Once complete, the deployment will be the largest of its kind in the State of Delaware.

The Lewes project is the first announced deployment for Alevo’s GridBanks and follows the company’s inauguration at an official event at its manufacturing facility in Concord, North Carolina in late 2014.

The GridBank deployment in Lewes is the first in a series of major commercial deployments the company has scheduled for 2016, and follows an operational agreement Alevo struck with Customized Energy Solutions (CES), one of the world’s premier providers of energy market operations services, to provide 200 MW of grid storage to the North American wholesale energy market.

Using Alevo’s GridBank technology, Alevo will be able to sell ancillary services into the PJM regulation market, while providing the city improved power quality, a more reliable electric grid system and the ability to shave peak demand for its customers.

“Lewes is a small municipal utility located at the “end of the extension cord” of PJM, said Lewes Mayor Theodore Becker in an Alevo news release.

“The installation of the 8 MW battery will provide a significant tool to manage our capacity charges, our peak demands and transmission charges, and we anticipate it to be a boon for the citizens of Lewes,” Becker went on to say.

Alevo and Ormat Technologies (NYSE:ORA) have also announced a planned 10-MW energy storage project in Georgetown, Texas.

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