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Greensmith to provide software management for Arizona storage system

Greensmith has now been chosen to design and install the storage system using its GEMS software control platform. Credit: Greensmith
Energy storage software and integration specialist Greensmith Energy will partner power firm E.ON Climate and Renewables and the utility Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to provide software control for a utility-scale energy storage system next to a solar array in Arizona.

The 10MW storage system, to be located at the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park southeast of Tucson, was announced in July. It will provide frequency response, ancillary services and voltage control. It will also help integrate power from a new 2MW solar system.

Greensmith has now been chosen to design and install the storage system using its GEMS software control platform. The site is expected to come online in the first half of 2017.

TEP provides electricity for roughly 417,000 customers in Southern Arizona. This new storage project is partly driven by Arizona's Renewable Energy Standard (RES), which requires utilities to increase the amount of renewable power in their energy mix to 15% by 2025.

John Jung, president and chief executive of Greensmith Energy, said: “Our growing partnership with E.ON to support the energy storage needs of leading utilities such as TEP reflects why we’ve worked so hard over the past eight years to build the most advanced energy storage technologies and experience available today.”

Greensmith was recently appointed by Canadian energy company AltaGas as the software provider and system integrator for 20MW/80MWh of energy storage for Southern California Edison (SCE) on the site of its natural gas plant in Pomona, in southern California.

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