Delmarva Power, a subsidiary of Exelon, has partnered with Sunverge to implement a virtual power plant project on the Elk Neck peninsula in Cecil County in the US state of Maryland.
The development follows five vendors participating in a tender issued by the utility as part of efforts to increase overall grid reliability, distributed energy resource integration, and to accelerate grid-distributed energy resources integration.
The virtual power plant will provide peak shaving and reactive power support to consumers on the heavily forested Chesapeake Bay, who are currently prone to outages due to isolation from the main grid.
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The consumers are currently using energy delivered using a four-mile-long overhead and underground distribution feeder.
Martin Milani, the CEO of Sunverge, said: “We are honored and excited to be selected for this project and to have the opportunity to work with Delmarva Power to demonstrate the value of residential battery systems for the residents at Elk Neck and to the electric grid.
The project “will provide autonomous and aggregated energy storage, with the goal of providing additional grid reliability and resiliency benefitting Delmarva Power’s entire service area. The combination of real-time dynamic load flexibility and grid services is a powerful tool for managing the grid of the future and integrating the growth of distributed energy resources.”
The 55 MW/2.2MWh project is expected to create $2 million in value over a 15-year period. The proposal is currently under review by the Maryland Public Service Commission and subject to its approval.