BOSTON (SHNS) – Because the tempo of unpolluted vitality growth ramps up, a Wakefield photo voltaic firm that’s now engaged on initiatives that pair photo voltaic technology with storage programs to maximise the good thing about the renewable useful resource has absorbed a agency that focuses on battery storage.
Distributed vitality developer Agilitas Power final week introduced it had acquired Boston-based New England Battery Storage, which focuses on utility-scale battery storage. Jim Gordon, who beforehand led the unsuccessful Cape Wind offshore wind challenge and has since turned his consideration to solar energy, serves as an advisor to NEBS.
Included within the acquisition have been two operational ISO-New England service provider battery vitality storage programs and one front-of-the-meter battery vitality storage system in Maine totaling 25 MWh. When paired with photo voltaic panels or different intermittent energy technology sources, battery storage programs have the potential to stockpile renewable vitality so it may be tapped when shopper demand is excessive, assuaging a number of the energy grid’s reliability considerations.
“Power storage is accelerating the transition to wash vitality by enabling intermittent vitality sources like photo voltaic and wind to be saved till they’re wanted on the grid. We’re excited to have the expertise and experience of the NEBS workforce throughout our total enterprise, which is essential as we develop tons of of megawatts of storage initiatives,” Agilitas Power President Barrett Bilotta stated.
The corporate, which has a base of operations in Wakefield and has 4 solar-only initiatives up and operating in Massachusetts, is a major participant within the Photo voltaic Massachusetts Renewable Goal (SMART) incentive program.
Within the Bay State, the corporate has six initiatives combining photo voltaic and storage in growth which can be anticipated to be operational by 2022 or 2023 in Auburn, Rochester, Hopkinton, Seekonk, and two in West Brookfield/Warren.
A 12 months in the past, when the Division of Power Sources updated SMART program rules to increase eligibility for agriculture land and require that photo voltaic initiatives higher than 500 kilowatts connect with an vitality storage system, Massachusetts had 380 MW of photo voltaic paired with storage.
Gov. Charlie Baker has been touting the promise of vitality storage for years. At an offshore wind occasion in 2019, he stated storage “can agency up wind and photo voltaic in a means that may make them extremely strategic belongings with respect to the vitality combine, the pricing portfolio, and the environmental alternatives related to the way forward for vitality usually.”