1,400-MWh standalone energy storage project currently online in Southern California

Oct 18, 2022 05:45 PM ET
  • Axium Infrastructure as well as Canadian Solar subsidiaries Recurrent Energy and also CSI Energy Storage today announced that Crimson Storage, a 350-MW/1,400- MWh standalone energy storage project, is currently in operation and providing flexible capacity to the California grid.
1,400-MWh standalone energy storage project currently online in Southern California
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A fund taken care of by Axium has 80% of the project and Recurrent Energy, the project developer, preserves 20% possession. CSI Energy Storage was the complete system integrator of the project, providing the EPC solutions as well as will certainly give long-term operational services for the project.

Crimson Storage is the largest battery storage project on the planet to get to procedure in a single stage, and it is the second-largest energy storage project presently running. Sited on public lands in Riverside County, California, the project holds two long-lasting energy storage contracts with California's biggest energies, Southern California Edison as well as Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Both contracts belong to reliability purchases directed by the California Public Utilities Commission.

Southern California Edison: 200 MW/800 MWh 14-year and 10-month contract under a complete tolling arrangement, as well as

Pacific Gas and also Electric Company: 150 MW/600 MWh 15-year contract for Resource Adequacy just; Recurrent Energy and Axium will run the battery system in the California wholesale power market

California Governor Gavin Newsom said, "The Crimson Energy Storage project epitomizes California leadership-- clean energy, technology, and also financial advancement with good, union work. We have actually been laser concentrated on promptly bringing projects like this online to attain our objective of a 100% clean energy grid. Congratulations to individuals across the public and private sectors that are responsible for bringing this significant project online to the benefit of all Californians."

Crimson Storage will certainly make it possible for California clients to acquire more carbon-free energy and also will make certain grid reliability throughout times of peak need. Generally, Crimson Storage will store as well as dispatch enough electrical power to power greater than 47,000 residences yearly.

Crimson Storage is sited in the California desert on public lands regarding 13 miles west of Blythe, in Riverside County, California. In May 2021, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved final approval of the project, making it the very first standalone energy storage project to get authorization to site on BLM lands under the Biden-Harris Administration.

Throughout building and construction, Crimson Storage utilized roughly 140 union workers, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, International Union of Running Engineers, Laborer's International Union of North America, and also the International Organization of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Employee Union. The project is expected to add $30 million in property tax revenue to the neighborhood area throughout its procedure.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, claimed, "Crimson Storage is now the largest solitary phase energy storage project to reach commercial operation in the world and also the 2nd biggest operating standalone energy storage projects on the planet. Persistent Energy started establishing Crimson Storage and our bigger energy storage pipeline in 2015 when no large-scale storage projects yet existed. Last year, we started bringing these projects to fruition additionally thanks to our CSI Energy Storage group. Today we celebrate just how far we have come in providing the much-needed flexible generation that will certainly support the U.S. and also California's transformative climate objectives. We give thanks to the California Public Utilities Commission, the U.S. Department of the Interior and our partners at Axium Infrastructure for their important payments to this project."

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