Continuing its mission to deliver comprehensive Power Engineering and Energy Solutions, ZGlobal Inc. (ZGlobal) announced the completion of construction, and the delivery of the Coachella Energy Storage Partners (CESP) 33-MVA battery energy storage system. The project was part of a supply contract with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID). ZGlobal represented CESP as its owner’s engineer, and performed the design, testing, integration and the overall project engineering. In addition, ZGlobal managed several contractors including General Electric (“GE”). This facility is the largest energy storage project to date, coming in under budget and three months earlier than scheduled. The plant is located in California’s Imperial Valley, approximately 100 miles east of San Diego. The facility will 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.
“This truly is a game changer for the energy industry,” said Ziad Alaywan P.E., President and CEO of ZGlobal Inc. “As one of the largest battery storage systems in the west, it is a key component in the evolution of the electrical grid in the 21st century. It is exciting to see it come to life here in the Imperial Valley, with IID leading the way.” California State Senator Ben Hueso and several representatives from the Imperial Irrigation District, Coachella Energy Storage Partners, General Electric, Samsung SDI, TTI, Chula Vista Electric, electric industry leaders and local and state officials gathered on October 26th as the district’s new battery energy storage system was brought online.
“With the increase of renewable energy and distributed generation in our electric system, the new battery energy storage system will help smooth variable generation and increase system-wide reliability,” said IID Board of Directors President Norma Sierra Galindo. “The system will provide a much faster, environmentally friendly alternative than traditional generation.” ZGlobal offers a wide range of services in the energy sector, including 24/7 energy scheduling, portfolio and asset management services for several large solar, geothermal, wind, gas fired and biomass facilities and utilities throughout the western United States. ZGlobal’s annual transaction value is expected to exceed $263 Million in 2016 for its management of over 1,740 MW of generating assets in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, with 1,805 MW of Load Serving Entities and Community Choice Aggregator’s within California.