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Enfinite energises 60MW of BESS in Alberta, Canada, completing nine-project portfolio


Energy storage developer and operator Enfinite has put the final three BESS projects, totalling 60MW, of a nine-project portfolio into operation in Alberta, Canada.

The Alberta-headquartered company announced the commercial operation of the eReserve7, eReserve8, and eReserve9 battery energy storage system (BESS) projects today (6 February).

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The projects are 20MW each and are strategically located to support the energy infrastructure near the communities of Wapiti and Hythe in northern Alberta. They are part of the firm’s eReserve, a nine-project programme, all in Alberta.

Although the announcement did not disclose the three new projects’ MWh capacity, previous announcements said all nine projects are 20MW/35MWh systems. Three were energised in September 2023 and two in February 2023.

EReserve9 is on land near the Goodfare 815S substation owned by utility ATCO. Enfinite previously deployed eReserve projects using Tesla’s Megapack BESS product, although a project update on eReserve9 said that the ultimate module model for the project may vary.

Jason White, Enfinite CEO, said: “During Alberta’s recent energy emergency, Enfinite’s eReserve energy storage assets played a pivotal role in preventing rolling blackouts. It was a historic moment for Alberta and Enfinite as it marked the highest output from energy storage to the system with all nine of our eReserves responding to the power demand.”

“The synergy between natural gas assets as the foundational support and energy storage as the peak proved essential in navigating the demanding period for the electrical system.”

Alberta was the subject of an interview in an edition of Solar Media’s quarterly journal PV Tech Power last year with developer Westbridge, whose VP of development Francesco Cardi described it as a ‘great place to do solar’ with energy storage growth set to follow.

Enfinite is backed by the TD Greystone Infrastructure Fund.’ publisher Solar Media will host the 5th Energy Storage Summit USA, 19-20 March 2024 in Austin, Texas. Featuring a packed programme of panels, presentations and fireside chats from industry leaders focusing on accelerating the market for energy storage across the country. For more information, go to the website.

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