Wal-Mart, Advanced Microgrid Solutions to Turn Big-Box Stores Into Hybrid Electric Buildings

Greentech Media
By Jeff St. John
April 11, 2017

A part­ner­ship to bring bat­ter­ies and grid flex­i­bil­i­ty to Wal-Mart stores, start­ing with 40 megawatt-hours of resource in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions has land­ed the world’s largest retail­er as a part­ner: Wal-Mart.

On Tues­day, the San Fran­cis­co-based start­up announced it is work­ing with the retail giant to install behind-the-meter bat­ter­ies at stores to bal­ance on-site ener­gy and pro­vide megawatts of flex­i­bil­i­ty to util­i­ties, start­ing with 40 megawatt-hours of projects at 27 South­ern Cal­i­for­nia loca­tions.

Under the terms of the deal, “AMS will design, install and oper­ate advanced ener­gy stor­age sys­tems” at the stores for no upfront cost, while pro­vid­ing grid ser­vices and on-site ener­gy sav­ings. The financ­ing was made pos­si­ble by part­ners such as Mac­quar­ie Cap­i­tal, which pledged $200 mil­lion to the startup’s pipeline last year.

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