EDF flattens energy prices for Californians with 600MW storage unit

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Energy company EDF Renewables North America will flatten electricity prices for consumers in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in California using a 600MW battery energy storage system.

The Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage Project is set to be operational from February 2024 and will help ensure the reliability of the grid network, whilst reducing consumer energy bills by storing electricity generated from a solar system during times when generation is high for use during peak periods.

This will allow consumers to use electricity generated using a less expensive energy resource than traditionally-used conventional and fossil fuels including coal. This means fewer energy charges and reductions in carbon footprint for both the energy generator/provider and the consumer.

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The battery storage project will be combined with a 300MW solar energy system which EDF Renewables North America is developing following the signing of a power purchase agreement with Clean Power Alliance.

The project will be developed in Riverside County in an area which the Federal Bureau of Land Management reserved for utility-scale renewable energy projects.

It will generate enough energy to power 163,000 households, equivalent to avoiding over 669,000 metric tons of carbon emissions or the emissions from more than 145,000 passenger vehicles per annum.

The project will utilize horizontal single-axis tracking solar PV technology, which tracks the sun to collect more solar energy and is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs.

Ted Bardacke, executive director of the Clean Power Alliance indicated that solar-plus-storage projects will help the US expand its portfolio of low-carbon energy, ensure more green jobs are created and decarbonisation goals are met whilst ensuring customer services are maintained.