Energy storage company S&C Electric Co. completed an storage system in Ohio. The 7 MW system located in Minster, Ohio, was built in conjunction with Half Moon Ventures and the local municipal utility, the village of Minster.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is being held on site at the Minster Solar + Storage Facility, May 6 at 1 p.m. EDT, to officially present this project to the residents of Minster.
"This is a milestone day for our community as we mark the first time a municipal utility has combined solar power and energy storage," said Don Harrod, Village Administrator, village of Minster. "The official launch of this system assures that the Village of Minster can continue to provide affordable, reliable, and sustainable electricity for our residents and businesses."
HMV and the village of Minster will benefit from four unique revenue streams, which will offset the costs of grid improvements while improving the rate of return. HMV will be able to sell into PJM's frequency regulation market, which helps to provide grid reliability for more than 60 million customers. The village of Minster will use the energy storage system to defer $350,000 of T&D costs, improve power quality and shave peak demand.
"Working with the village of Minster, we have proven a very unique business model that will allow us to bring more solar and energy storage to public utilities," said Michael Hastings, CEO, HMV. "This revenue stacking approach assures that projects are viable and valuable for both parties."
HMV is using S&C's 7 MW PureWave SMS Storage Management System, providing fully integrated storage management and power conversion for 3 MWh of lithium ion-batteries. The system is tied to HMV's adjacent 4.2 MW solar plant, allowing Minster to further reduce their peak demand charges in the middle of the day. This solar + storage system is the largest U.S. facility of its kind connected through a municipal utility.
S&C served as energy storage system integrator for HMV by performing all major power system studies and complete engineering, procurements, and construction of the project. S&C will also be providing ongoing operation and maintenance services for the facility.