Invenergy LLC, a leader in innovative energy storage solutions, recently received Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World Magazines’ 2015 Project of the Year Award for Best Renewable Project. Invenergy received the award for its Grand Ridge Battery Storage Facility in Illinois. The award was presented Monday night at the PennWell Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas.
“We are honored to be recognized for our work in this space by these two significant industry outlets,” said Kris Zadlo, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Storage, and Transmission at Invenergy. “This is the second major award we’ve received for our Grand Ridge facility and it’s also the first time a storage project has ever won this particular award.”Invenergy’s Grand Ridge Storage Facility in October also received Energy Storage North America’s (ESNA) 2015 Innovation Award for Centralized Storage.
With a 31.5 MW power rating, Invenergy’s Grand Ridge Energy Storage, located in LaSalle County, Illinois, is the second-largest lithium project in the world. The project began commercial operation in May and utilizes BYD America’s Containerized Energy Storage System. Grand Ridge is the largest renewable energy center in the world with wind, solar and advanced-energy storage in one location. In addition to the 31.5 MW storage unit, Grand Ridge houses a 210 MW wind farm; a 20 MW solar project; a second, 1.5 MW energy storage project, and a third, 3 MW storage project which is currently being commissioned.
Last month Invenergy began commercial operation of its Beech Ridge Storage Facility in West Virginia. The facility houses 31.5 MW of battery storage, complementing the existing 100.5 MW of existing wind energy. The Beech Ridge facility brings Invenergy’s total operating storage capacity to more than 65.1 MW.