GE Renewable Energy has reached an agreement with Helios Energy to deliver two energy storage systems to be integrated with solar arrays for the Lenox Solar/Energy Storage project in Lenox, New York.
The hybrid system will be installed in upstate New York at the end of 2019 and is expected operational by the second quarter of 2020. The project will enable dispatchable renewable energy penetration into the grid, helping power New York state with reliable renewable energy.
Integrating solar and storage solutions enables an overall higher availability and capacity factor while delivering dispatchable and predictable renewable energy into the grid.
The battery system will store the energy that the solar field generates during the day when the sun shines and allow the site to meet power requirements during other peak demand periods. The system will use a direct DC coupled configuration with a single inverter and single point of interconnection shared by the solar array and the storage system, helping improve the overall energy output of the hybrid system while optimizing equipment and installation costs and increasing the overall system reliability.