Advanced Microgrid Solutions building and owning a 16-MWh ESS to support SDG&E

Written By: Stratton Report
April 20, 2017

Advanced Microgrid Solutions

On April 20, Advanced Microgrid Solutions announced it would design, build and operate a 16-MWh distributed energy storage project for SDG&E.

AMS stressed that it was among three companies chosen to build, own and operate distributed battery storage facilities in targeted areas of the grid to enhance reliability and help SDG&E achieve its clean energy and carbon emission targets.

Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS observed:

AMS is proud to be part of building a cleaner, smarter electric grid. SDG&E was the first major utility to meet California’s goal of delivering 33 percent of energy from renewable sources, and is aggressively fueling adoption of electric vehicles. Distributed energy storage will help SDG&E balance the grid and protect ratepayers as demand for clean energy technologies continues to increase.

Per the firm, its 4-MW, 16-MWh ESS will be built in San Juan Capistrano for operation beginning in 2019. The batteries will be used to help SDG&E meet reliability needs in a region impacted by the shut-down of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS).

AMS noted that the project will provide distribution system benefits, including resource adequacy, charging energy capacity, discharging energy capacity and, with a response time of less than 10 seconds, will be capable of providing a full range of ancillary services, including spinning and non-spinning reserves, regulation up, regulation down, voltage support and reactive power.

AMS claims 300-MWhs of distributed energy storage projects in the West Los Angeles Basin for Southern California Edison’s grid modernization initiative.