The AES Corporation today announced its subsidiary, AES Energy Storage, will install and commission two Advancion® energy storage arrays totaling 37.5 MW at sites owned by San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) in California. The utility-owned energy storage arrays will help to improve regional reliability and integrate greater amounts of renewable energy.
Advancion batteries, AES’ fourth generation battery-based energy storage platform and recipient of the Edison Electric Institute’s 2016 International Edison Award, are designed for rapid deployment and serve as an alternative to peaking power plants that improve existing electric infrastructure and enable greater penetration of clean energy resources.
“These batteries are beneficial because they maintain a reliable flow of energy to customers when they need it most,” said James P. Avery, SDG&E’s chief development officer. “We also are national leaders in supplying renewable resources, with more than 33 percent of the energy we supply to customers coming from wind and solar. These batteries will help smoothly integrate this growing supply of clean energy onto the power grid for use by our customers.”
“We are excited that SDG&E has selected AES’ Advancion energy storage solution to help meet peak demand and ensure the reliability of the electric grid in Southern California,” said Andrés Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer. “AES recently made Advancion available to utilities, developers, and commercial customers interested in owning our innovative and scalable solution, and SDG&E’s selection of Advancion highlights the significant growth potential we see for our energy storage business.”
The energy storage installations will be operational by the end of January 2017.