Backers cut ribbon on 7-MW energy storage project in Minster, Ohio

S&C Electric Co. said May 6 that it has completed, along with Half Moon Ventures (HMV) and the local municipal utility, one of the largest energy storage systems in Ohio.

The 7-MW system located in Minster, Ohio, was built in conjunction with HMV and the Village of Minster. A May 6 ribbon cutting ceremony is being held on the site of the Minster Solar + Storage Facility.

“This is a milestone day for our community as we mark the first time a municipal utility has combined solar power and energy storage,” said Don Harrod, Village Administrator, Village of Minster. “The official launch of this system assures that theVillage of Minster can continue to provide affordable, reliable, and sustainable electricity for our residents and businesses.”

HMV and the Village of Minster will benefit from four unique revenue streams, which will offset the costs of grid improvements while improving the rate of return. HMV will be able to sell into PJM Interconnection‘s frequency regulation market, which helps to provide grid reliability. The Village of Minster will use the energy storage system to defer $350,000 of T&D costs, improve power quality and shave peak demand.

“Working with the Village of Minster, we have proven a very unique business model that will allow us to bring more solar and energy storage to public utilities,” said Michael Hastings, CEO of HMV. “This revenue stacking approach assures that projects are viable and valuable for both parties.”

HMV is using S&C’s 7-MW PureWave SMS Storage Management System, providing fully integrated storage management and power conversion for 3-MWh of lithium ion-batteries. The system is tied to HMV’s adjacent 4.2-MW solar plant, allowing Minster to further reduce their peak demand charges in the middle of the day.

S&C served as energy storage system integrator for HMV by performing all major power system studies and complete engineering, procurements, and construction of the project. S&C will also be providing ongoing operation and maintenance services for the facility.

“Energy storage systems are so much more complex than the chemistry of batteries. If just one piece doesn’t work in concert with the rest of the system, the impacts to owner’s return on investment are huge,” said Mike Edmonds, President – U.S. Business, S&C Electric. “It’s essential for success, to have an integrator – who is able to implement the power electronics, controls and high voltage into a successful solution. HMV chose S&C for this project because of our expertise. We were able to move from contract to successful grid trading quickly, due to our integrated solution.”                                                        

S&C, with global headquarters in Chicago, is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world’s power grids and is thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery.

HMV is a fully integrated U.S. renewable energy company. It helps businesses, schools, and municipalities achieve energy independence through renewable energy projects.

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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.