Saft selected by Solon to supply battery storage for Arizona renewable energy project

Jacksonville, Fla., October 31, 2011 — Solon Corp. chose Saft to provide a Li-ion battery for their Energy Storage Management Research and Testing site.

The design and construction of the site will be managed by Solon, in conjunction with Tucson Electric Power and the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE) at the University of Arizona.

The project is a collaborative testing ground researching both the reliability and applicability of integrating various energy storage technologies, partnered with photovoltaic systems, on the grid. Ultimately, the goal is to provide utilities with greater control of their respective renewable portfolios.

Saft's Li-ion battery will provide various grid-support services, including reducing renewable output power volatility, optimizing renewable power performance and VAR support, among other functions. Deliveries for the 2-year project are set to begin end of 2011.

Located at the University of Arizona's Science and Technology Park in Tucson, the SMRT site will be attached to a 1.6 MW solar plant developed by Solon. Saft's battery will work in conjunction with SMA America's utility-grade power management solution, which is based on its Sunny Central and Sunny Island solar inverter technology.

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