General Electric (GE) will supply Con Edison Development with an 8 MWh battery energy storage system in Central Valley, California. The new energy storage solution will be using GE’s Mark VIe-based plant control system, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion battery modules.
As part of its expanding energy storage portfolio, this project marks the first time GE will introduce a lithium ion battery solution. The system will provide two megawatts of power over a four-hour period, and the deal includes delivery of a complete energy storage system, with associated long-term service agreements.
Working with CED, GE used advanced analytics and modeling to evaluate potential benefits of the energy storage system. The California-based installation will be CED’s first energy storage project and will serve as a learning tool for optimizing and operating energy storage facilities in the future.
The state of California has encouraged investments in energy storage in recent years. In 2013, the California Public Utilities Commission announced targets that call for California investor-owned utilities to procure 1.325 GW of cost-effective energy storage by 2020.
The site is expected to be operational in the next six to nine months.