LADWP turns to 20MW battery storage to meet renewables target

Published on: November 23, 2017 5:38 amBy: Jade Beevor


The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has turned to a 20MW battery storage project at its California Beacon Solar Plant as it looks to increase renewables generation and expand its storage capacity portfolio to 50MW, it was announced on November 13.

LADWP is ramping up its integration of renewables like solar energy, and consequently its utility-scale energy storage deployment, in response to the Aliso Canyon Natural Gas Storage Facility leak in 2015.

The Beacon Battery Energy Storage System Phase 1 project will be owned and operated by LADWP.

The new storage project, located at LADWP’s 250MW Beacon solar farm and wind turbines in the Mojave Desert, will integrate solar power into the grid to help LADWP meet its target of 178MW of new energy storage by 2021.

Construction started in the summer, and once complete the project will provide LADWP’s grid with regulation, frequency response, and load following capacity.

LADWP plan to accelerate the development of a 30MW Phase 2 Battery Energy Storage System expansion at the site for a total of 50MW before 2021.

In addition to the BBESS, LADWP is assessing how to use multiple battery energy storage system projects and has preliminarily identified 145MW of new energy storage projects to date.

LADWP has previously worked with customers to assist them in installing 12MW of battery storage in California.

Korean energy storage firm Doosan Gridtech will supply the storage system, which uses 13 SMA Sunny Central Storage invertors.

Doosan Gridtech was formed in 2016 when the South Korean industrial conglomerate acquired Seattle-based 1Energy Systems to gain a foothold in the North American distributed energy markets. The renamed firm is a subsidiary of Doosan Heavy Industries.

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