EPAL, a joint venture between Indian state-owned Energy Efficiency Services and UK-based EnergyPro is partnering with leading battery storage provider Leclanché, starting with the investment of $12 million in a previously announced and nearly completed advanced battery storage project in Ontario, Canada, known as Basin 1 and 2.
The project, built and owned by Leclanché and development partner Deltro Energy, is the first utility scale energy storage facility designed to balance the Ontario power grid, with a total investment of approximately $25 million.
The battery storage project will provide services to the independent energy systems operator that manages the power grid of the province of Ontario, and is interconnected to Toronto Hydro, the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada.
The Ontario power supply has shifted heavily towards intermittent power sources over the past three years creating additional grid management challenges for the IESO. The lithium battery storage project will improve stability on Canada’s largest transmission grid by managing unbalanced supply-demand situations.
The partnership has strategic importance from India’s perspective as its government has set a target of achieving 175GW of renewable energy by 2022, equivalent to 40% of the country’s energy supply, up from 12% now.
This was a part of India’s commitment during COP21. To achieve this target, India’s energy supply will be dependent on intermittent power sources and ancillary services will be required to stabilize the grid. Battery storage will help achieve stabilization, supply power to charging stations and reduce the substantial unscheduled interchange (UI) charges payable by the country’s utilities and states (around $461.5 million annually).
The Indian government recently launched an ambitious investment programme in new energy, both domestically and overseas, of which the investment in the Leclanché and Deltro Project forms a part.
Integral to its global programme, this May, the Indian government announced that it would invest £155 million in clean energy initiatives in the UK’s public and private sectors through EPAL. To date, these initiatives include an affordable LED lighting scheme targeted at social housing associations in London, and the acquisition of two energy savings companies serving seven clients in education and leisure.
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