Advanced Microgrid Solutions to install ESS at 27 California Walmart stores, will provide grid support to SCE

Written By: Stratton Report
April 11, 2017


On April 11, Advanced Microgrid Solutions announced they will design, install and operate advanced energy storage systems at Walmart stores that will improve efficiency, guarantee energy savings, and provide fast, flexible grid support to local utilities, all at no upfront cost to Walmart.

According to AMS, in the first phase of the project, AMS will install 40-MWhs of advanced energy storage systems at 27 Walmart stores in Southern California.  These energy storage systems will allow the retail giant to reduce costs by permanently reducing each store’s peak electricity demand while providing dispatchable grid support to Southern California Edison/

Mark Vanderhelm, vice president, Energy for Walmart remarked:

Cost efficiency is the hallmark of the Walmart brand. Adding energy storage capabilities to our clean energy resources reduces the capacity needed from the grid and is part of our commitment to increase reliance on renewable energy.

Per the firm, Walmart’s goal is to power 50 percent of their operations with renewable energy sources by 2025 and has already installed onsite generation, including solar PV, at 350 of its stores.  

AMS stressed that its entire system, which it terms “Hybrid Electric Buildings”,  is designed to automatically optimize a building’s overall energy usage, controlling energy consumption and lowering costs, while generating revenues from utilities for grid services. 

AMS noted that Southern California Edison, one of the largest grid operators in the U.S., will be able to tap into these advanced energy storage systems to reduce demand on the grid as part of SCE’s groundbreaking grid modernization project.

Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS observed: “When it comes to sustainable and efficient energy management, Walmart sets the global standard. Walmart continues to demonstrate its visionary leadership by delivering high quality and low costs for its customers.”