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Viridity to start construction on 40MW energy storage systems in New Jersey

CTBR Staff Writer Published 17 April 2018

Viridity Energy Solutions is set to break ground on two battery energy storage systems (BESS) with a combined capacity of 40MW/40MWh in the US state of New Jersey.

The company, which is a subsidiary of Ormat Technologies, is expected to commission the two 20MW/20MWh BESSs in the fourth quarter of this year.

Ormat, through its subsidiary, will finance, construct, own and operate the two battery energy storage systems, to be located in Plumsted Township and Alpha.

According to the Nevada-based alternative energy company, the BESSs will be used to deliver ancillary services to help PJM Interconnection in balancing the power grid. The new energy storage systems of Viridity Energy will also be available to be utilized as a capacity asset.

Ormat Technologies CEO Isaac Angel said: “The construction of these two 20MW/20MWh utility-scale in-front-of-the-meter battery energy storage systems and the initiation of the ACUA behind-the-meter system, mark another significant step in our strategic plan to expand our reach into energy storage and leverage Ormat’s core capabilities in this growing market.”

Ormat and Viridity have opted to use Dynapower’s inverters and LG Chem’s modules for the two BESSs. Viridity will also use Dynapower’s package, which will be a fully integrated system featuring inverters, batteries, thermal management and enclosures.

The Ormat subsidiary will be deploying its VPower software to give visualization, optimization, economic value stacking and automated control of the energy storage systems. The software will help the BESSs to produce optimal economic return and also to offer the power grid with better performance.

Viridity CEO Mack Treece said: “With the 2017 change in the PJM’s market signal, Viridity and Ormat’s engineering teams worked with BESS partners in designing a battery storage system that is tailored to ensure the highest possible performance in the PJM market, thus maximizing the economic return.”

The Philadelphia-based Viridity, which is a provider of battery storage, demand response, distributed generation and energy management solutions, was acquired by Ormat Technologies for $35m in March 2017.