Massachusetts-based solar installation company Industria Engineering has placed an order for 8.2 MWh/3.5 MW of battery energy storage systems from Storage Power Systems (SPS) for a solar-plus-storage project in Grafton, Massachusetts, which should be commissioned in late Q4 2019. The project will enable excess energy from a 4-MW single-axis tracker, front-of-the-meter solar array to be stored in the two-hour battery. The ability to store this energy increases solar harvesting and shifts solar generation to peak loads on the substation, compared with a standalone solar project.
Massachusetts has deployed over 2.1 GW of solar energy and recently announced increases to its Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), with close to 50% of its electricity to be produced by renewable energy by 2030. Energy storage also now qualifies as an eligible RPS Clean Peak resource, and energy storage targets have been increased to 1,000 MW by 2025.
Glenn McGillicuddy, Vice President of Engineering of Industria Engineering noted, “Energy storage projects are an increasingly important consideration for our clients in Massachusetts and significantly enhance the overall business case for renewable energy. Following SPS’ successful deployment of a 1.5-MW system for us in 2018, we are pleased to be working with them again for this project.”
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