Published on April 5th, 2016 | by Jake Richardson10
10 MW Texas Energy Storage Project Planned By Alevo & Ormat
April 5th, 2016 by Jake Richardson
The Alevo Group has agreed to jointly construct a 10 MW energy storage project with Ormat Technologies in Georgetown, Texas. Reports about it don’t seem to mention the number of megawatt hours, but if it is similar to the one in Delaware, it could be five (half the capacity). It will be built at the Rabbit Hill substation and be owned and operated by the two companies. The city of Georgetown and Georgetown Utility Systems own and operate the substation.
The energy storage project will give Georgetown Utility systems fast response services in the grid system.
“Georgetown has been evaluating energy storage benefits for several years. This project gives us the opportunity to evaluate the benefits and complexities of such a permanent deployment in the future. The use of energy storage in concert with the generation of energy by renewable sources seems to make basic economic sense,” said Jim Briggs, general manager for utilities for the City of Georgetown.
Several Alevo GridBank energy storage systems will be combined with six Parker-Hannifin 890-GTB Power Conversion Systems (PCS) for the energy storage core. Ormat will be responsible for the construction and most of the project’s funding. It will also own most of it. Texas has many wind turbines and a growing number of solar power installations, so additional energy storage is the logical next step. Georgetown’s utility wants to run on 100% renewables, so that intention also speaks to a need for energy storage to support it.
This city-owned utility is future-facing and taking a leadership position on clean electricity. Georgetown is north of Austin, another city that has been embracing clean electricity, by about 27 miles.
Ormat is known for its work with geothermal power installations, but it seems to be expanding, “Entering the energy storage market is a key component of our long-term growth plan, helping us to further diversify revenues and advancing our goals of transitioning from a geothermal company to a recognized leader in the renewable energy industry,” explained Ormat CEO Isaac Angel.