Energy Storage

16 Sep 2020

US Developer Turns Sod on 200MW Texas Storage

16 Sep 2020  by RE News   

US developer Broad Reach Power has started constructing 200MW of battery storage capacity in Texas.

The two 100MW projects will supply power in the ERCOT wholesale power market.

The independent power producer expects to have a total of 100MW online in the state by year-end and 350MW online in 2021.

Broad Reach Power CEO Steve Vavrik said: “The grid in Texas is continuing to transform rapidly with the addition of more wind and solar generation.

“While these resources are desirable because they reduce costs and emissions, they add more variation and risk to an already challenging real-time balancing goal.

“This problem will compound as both renewable penetration and power demand increase. Deploying more energy storage systems like our units operating in Odessa and the Houston area will strengthen the grid’s reliability.”

Once online in 2021, the plants will operate alongside Broad Reach’s expanding portfolio of utility-scale battery storage plants in Texas near Houston and Odessa.

Broad Reach said its expanding battery pipeline includes projects in California, Montana and other western markets where the company has over 700MW of projects with signed interconnection agreements.

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