The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BYD Ltd. Corp., a China-based manufacturer of green technology, to develop a grid-scale battery project for renewable energy storage.
LADWP and BYD will develop the parameter and scope of a 5 MW to 10 MW power-storage unit to be housed at Pine Tree Wind Farm, the utility's wind power facility in the Tehachapi Mountains.
The storage unit is designed to improve LADWP's power reliability and balance the integration of solar and wind energy into the LADWP's large generation portfolio.
The partnership between LADWP and BYD aims to test, develop and ultimately demonstrate the feasibility of large-scale energy-storage options for electric utilities across the country.
Earlier this year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that Los Angeles will be the site of BYD's North American headquarters.