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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