Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL), a subsidiary of AES Corp. (NYSE: AES), announced July 12 that IPL and AES leaders cut the ribbon on the new IPL Advancion Energy Storage Array Facility located at the Harding Street Generation Station in Indiana.
The Advancion Array is the first grid-scale, battery-based energy storage system to make a footprint in the 15-state Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) region, the companies said.
“IPL is committed to developing energy solutions that balance affordability for our customers and the impact on the environment,” said Rafael Sanchez, IPL President & CEO. “This array provides an innovative approach to helping address the challenges that come with diversifying our energy mix with more wind and solar resources.”
The IPL Advancion Array provides 20 MW of interconnected energy storage equivalent to 40 MW of flexible resource with unmatched operational flexibility, the companies said. The facility will lower emissions by enabling more efficient dispatch of existing generating assets and support the ongoing integration of renewable power sources. The IPL Array features Advancion pre-certified suppliers, including Samsung SDI and Parker Hannifin, and the balance of plant was provided by Casteel Corp.
IPL continues to pursue a balanced generation portfolio. By next spring, the majority of IPL’s generating capacity will come from natural gas, wind and solar. Last month, IPL was also recognized by the Edison Electric Institute for innovative execution of solar generation and battery storage projects.
“Advancion 4, our fourth generation solution, was developed to meet the needs of utilities like IPL who are looking for innovative and proven solutions,” said John Zahurancik, President of AES Energy Storage. “With nearly a decade of energy storage experience and more than 3 million megawatt hours of delivered service across the installed base, Advancion will deliver value immediately and for many years to come.”
IPL provides retail electric service to more than 480,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Indianapolis, as well as portions of other Central Indiana communities surrounding Marion County.
AES is a Fortune 200 global power company. It provides affordable, sustainable energy to 17 countries through a diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities.