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Lockheed Martin delivers energy storage systems to Cypress Creek Renewables

Published 27 March 2018

Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables have commissioned 12MWh of GridStar Lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects in North Carolina.

The solar-plus-storage system will provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina.

Lockheed Martin's GridStar technology ensures that this power is rapidly dispatchable — a key benefit that allows Brunswick EMC to avoid peaking costs and pass the savings to its member-owners in Brunswick and Columbus Counties, as well as small areas of Robeson and Bladen Counties.

Brunswick EMC CEO/general manager Don Hughes said: "These projects provide solar energy to our members and compound the value by delivering it exactly when we need it.

"This collaboration will provide significant value to our members for years to come."

These 12 solar-plus-storage projects represent the first set of battery storage projects developed, constructed, financed and commissioned by Cypress Creek. Cypress Creek acquired the projects from United Renewable Energy (URE), the initial developer of the projects.

Cypress Creek Renewables energy storage director Brian Knowles said: "We are approaching a point where many newly originated solar projects will become solar-plus-storage by default.

"Cypress Creek Renewables is proud to collaborate with Lockheed Martin and URE to provide Brunswick EMC with a dynamic solar product that is able to respond to changing conditions on the grid or in energy markets."

Lockheed Martin Energy director Roger Flanagan said: "We are pleased to support Cypress Creek Renewables' innovative solar-plus-storage projects. Energy storage is key to unlocking the true potential of renewable energy generation."

Lockheed Martin's GridStar Lithium energy storage systems are compact, easy to install, and scalable for 100 kW to multi-MW projects. GridStar system architecture consists of modular, purpose-built energy storage units that contain batteries, local controls software and all required balance-of-system components. The systems are certified to UL 9540 standards, a key certification for product safety for energy storage systems and equipment.

Source: Company Press Release