Schenectady, N.Y.-based GE is supplying Coachella Energy Storage Partners (CESP) with a 30 MW battery energy storage system.
The storage system will be a part of CESP's supply contract with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID) in California. The project is intended to aid grid flexibility and increase reliability on the IID network by providing solar ramping, frequency regulation, power balancing and black-start capability for an adjacent gas turbine.
GE will provide CESP with an integrated energy storage solution that incorporates GE's Mark VI plant controls, Brilliance inverters, Prolec transformers, medium-voltage switchgear and lithium-ion batteries housed in a custom-built enclosure. The plant will be operated by ZGlobal for the first 18 months, after which control will transfer to the IID.
GE anticipates project construction will begin early next year, with commercial operation scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.