California to add 700MW battery storage capacity by 2022

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NextEra Energy Resources has announced plans to build 700MW of fully-contracted battery storage projects in California before the end of 2022.

The projects are expected to double the nation’s total installed capacity of battery storage.

To be co-located at six of the company’s existing solar projects, the facilities will contribute to the state’s clean energy goals.

NextEra Energy Resources President and CEO John Ketchum said: “California needs significant investment in battery storage to meet its aggressive clean energy goals.”

The largest of the planned projects will be a 230MW battery storage facility at the McCoy Solar Energy Center near the city of Blythe in Riverside County, California.

Two energy storage projects of 115MW each will be built at the Blythe II and Blythe III Solar Energy Centers.

The other projects include 110MW at the Arlington Solar Energy Center, a 65MW facility at the Yellow Pine Solar Energy Center and a 63MW at Blythe 110 Solar Energy Center.

NextEra Energy Resources will invest a capital of $800m to construct the energy storage projects.

Ketchum said: “Once these projects are operational by the end of 2022, Californians will benefit from more low-cost, emission-free solar energy during more hours of the day, as well as improved reliability across the regional electric grid.”

NextEra Energy Resources’ California capacity is twice that of the nation’s installed battery storage

In addition, the clean energy company, which is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the US, has a pipeline of nearly 2GW of shovel-ready or near shovel-ready battery energy storage projects in California.

The company’s planned and pipeline of battery storage projects in California alone is nearly twice the country’s 1,350MW total installed capacity of battery storage.

NextEra Energy Resources is also set to commence construction on the 1.3GW Eagle Mountain pumped storage project located near Desert Center, California.

Recently, LS Power commissioned the 250MW Gateway project, which is the world’s largest battery energy storage project, in California.