Con Edison Development has purchased an 8MWh battery system from GE for installation in Central Valley, California.
The project will use GE’s MarkVIe plant control system, Brilliance inverters and lithium ion batteries. The system will provide 2MW of power over four hours with the deal including service agreements. It is GE’s first lithium ion-based storage deployment.
“We have a history of working with GE in thermal and wind, and we are pleased to continue our longstanding collaboration into the evolving world of energy storage,” said Mark Noyes, SVP and COO, Con Edison Development. “GE brings a strong technical solution, along with performance guarantees,” he added.
The plant will use lithium ion technology alongside GE's sodium Durathon batteries, which have also been used for buses and cell phone towers.
The project is expected to be operational in six to nine months.
Investor-owned Californian utilities have a target to install a total of 1.325GW of storage capacity by 2020.