October 31, 2019: Duke Energy Carolinas, the US utility company, has partnered Anderson County in South Carolina to install battery storage as part of its parent company Duke Energy’s $500 million investment in battery technology over six states in the next 15 years.
Duke Energy has operations in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Florida and the two Carolinas.
The 5MW lithium-ion battery storage project is the first of its kind in the state, and will be grid-tied and available to Duke Energy Carolinas’ operators, helping them to improve grid stability during peak periods.
This project will provide 30 hours of back-up to the Anderson Civic Center, an entertainment complex and park which is sometimes used as an emergency shelter when the region is hit by hurricanes and cyclones.
The state is particularly vulnerable to tropical storms, the last one being Hurricane Dorian in September, which wiped out much of the Bahamas before arriving in South Carolina, where a state of emergency was declared for the whole state.
“Anderson County depends greatly on reliable power at the Civic Center, especially while it’s operating as an emergency shelter,” said Anderson County Council chairman Tommy Dunn. “Power is critical at the center, when our facility is being used as a command post for service providers and shelter to citizens who have been displaced.
Michael Callahan, president of Duke Energy’s operations in South Carolina said: “Through projects like this, we’re transforming the state’s infrastructure to support the two-way flow of electricity and improve reliability for our customers.”