Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) has been tapped for a 40 MW grid services project to help manage circuit loads and integrate solar energy in electricity-constrained areas of the Los Angeles Basin.
Under five new power purchase agreements, AMS will build 40 MW of fast-response energy storage systems at targeted customer locations in Southern California to reduce demand from the grid on key distribution circuits. According to AMS, utility customers hosting the energy storage systems will benefit from lower energy costs and increased revenues.
The award is part of a 125 MW procurement by Southern California Edison (SCE) under a preferred resources pilot, which will use storage and other clean energy resources to supply electricity to businesses and homes in the densely populated cities of Santa Ana, Irvine and Tustin and other areas of Orange County hit hard by the closure of San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
AMS says it was one of six companies chosen to participate in SCE’s effort to replace traditional power plants with clean energy resources.
Under the contracts, AMS will build, own and manage networks of energy storage systems at SCE’s commercial and industrial customer locations to provide fast-response load control on key areas of the grid. At selected host customer sites, AMS will install a combination of advanced energy storage, demand management software and energy efficiency technologies to manage demand on the grid and avoid the need to build more fossil fuel generation to serve the LA Basin.
AMS notes that it donates a portion of the proceeds from every project to a microlending fund for women-, minority- and veteran-owned businesses. A portion of the proceeds from the SCE project will be dedicated to microlending in the Orange County area.