Southern Company and Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have jointly commissioned a 1 megawatt peak/2-megawatt-hour (MWh) solar photovoltaic project integrated with LG Chem battery energy storage system (BESS).
The project developed in Cedartown, Southeastern US, has come up on the site of a 1-MW solar photovoltaic facility owned and operated by WGL Energy. The solar park is part of Advanced Solar Initiative (ASI) of Southern Company’s largest subsidiary Georgia Power.
The aim of the project is to test and evaluate the ability of BESS to enhance the integration of the solar PV system with the grid and its impact on multiple applications such as load smoothing, peak shaving, and voltage support.
ABB has supplied the enclosure and power conversion equipment for the project.
LG Chem is supplying batteries and power conversion equipment, installing the batteries, and commissioning, operating and maintaining them.
EPRI is assigned to test and analyse data from the project to help Southern Company understand how well BESS works in conjunction with other technologies that are part of the project.
Ajith Kumar S