Advanced Microgrid Solutions’ Hybrid-​​Electric Building Fleet Goes Live

Greentech Media
By JEFF ST. JOHN
April 25, 2018

How a 10-​​megawatt fleet of bat­ter­ies in Cal­i­for­nia office build­ings fits into the state’s dis­trib­uted energy timeline.

Back in 2015, Cal­i­for­nia real estate devel­oper Irvine Com­pany announced plans to turn high-​​rise prop­er­ties into “hybrid-​​electric build­ings” by equip­ping them with Tesla bat­ter­ies and then turn­ing them over to energy stor­age project devel­oper Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions to earn money serv­ing the power grid.

This week, Irvine Co. and Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions unveiled the results of the project — a fleet of bat­ter­ies at 21 build­ings across South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Each is capa­ble of reduc­ing build­ing peak demand by 25 per­cent, and shav­ing about 10 per­cent from energy expenses and oper­at­ing costs by up to 10 per­cent. Together, they’re capa­ble of pro­vid­ing up to 10 megawatts of instan­ta­neous load reduc­tion for up to four hours at a time, to help util­ity South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son bal­ance the grid.

The com­pa­nies also unveiled data from the ear­li­est appli­ca­tions of their tech­nol­ogy, start­ing with the first oper­a­tional battery-​​equipped build­ing that came online in Novem­ber. That’s the same month that Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions was due to start deliv­er­ing its first megawatts of capac­ity to SCE, under a 2014 con­tract that will even­tu­ally scale up to 50 megawatts of capac­ity by 2021.

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