By Julia Pyper
Advanced Microgrid Systems, a company almost no one had heard of until last fall, announced a landmark partnership with SunEdison this week to finance and develop 50 megawatts of distributed energy storage under a 10-year capacity contract with Southern California Edison.
AMS and SunEdison will deploy storage projects at commercial sites across the West Los Angeles Basin as part of SCE’s 2013 Local Capacity Requirement solicitation, intended to substitute generation from the now-shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant. AMS is working with SCE from the outset to deploy storage where the grid is most stressed — such as in solar-rich areas with a steep rise in evening demand. The utility will be able to call on an aggregation of batteries to reduce load at hybrid electric buildings by megawatts at a time.
“Energy storage is the enabling technology here. We’re using energy storage as the mechanism to integrate and unlock the power of the demand side of the meter as a grid resource,” said Susan Kennedy, CEO and co-founder of AMS, in an interview.
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