The Magic of Adding Energy Storage to Wind and Solar Power Technology

Adding Energy Storage
BYD energy storage systems

Adding Energy Storage – ( Solar Thermal Magazine)

Today, Invenergy LLC announced the start of commercial operations of its 31.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy Storage project in La Salle County, Illinois located about 80 miles southwest of Chicago. The project is comprised of a 210 MW wind farm, a 20 MW solar project and an existing 1.5 MW energy storage unit.

Known as the Grand Ridge Energy Storage Center, it provides fast-response regulation service to the PJM market.

Kris Zadlo, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Transmission at Invenergy commented on the project:

Invenergy believes that energy storage holds the potential to be a transformative force in the evolution of the electric grid. As we expand our storage project portfolio, Grand Ridge Energy Storage reflects our company’s commitment to, and belief in, the future of this revolutionary technology.

We look forward to continuing to work with our customers to provide innovative storage solutions for their needs.

According to the company, Invenergy also will bring online this year the 31.5 MW Beech Ridge Energy Storage project in West Virginia.  Both Beech Ridge Energy Storage and Grand Ridge Energy Storage are utilizing BYD America’s Containerized Energy Storage System.

Stella Li, Senior Vice President at BYD Company Ltd commented:

We are delighted with Invenergy’s selection of BYD’s Energy Storage system, which features our proprietary Lithium-ion Iron-Phosphate battery chemistry. Our technology is the first environmentally-friendly battery chemistry in the world, and has an industry-leading longevity and performance.

In all, Invenergy has more than 100 MW of energy storage projects in operation, in construction, and in development in the United States.


Tracey Smith About Tracey Smith
Tracey is an accountant and entrepreneur with a passion for nature. This passion is what spurred her interest in renewable energy, and the rest is history as they say. Tracey is a principal in Energy Think Group, the publisher of Solar Thermal Magazine and Tek-Think. She is also the principal at Women's Financial Help Desk. She spends her free time in the outdoors with her horses and dogs. She loves to travel.

1 Comment

  • It’s great that we have so many people working on a wind and solar power techniques. In the mean time, solar power is very viable right now without needing off grid battery storage systems.

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