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Largest energy storage rollout for Canada

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 11:56 -- Xuan Zhong
Largest energy storage rollout for Canada

Powin Energy, a US energy storage solutions provider, will partner with renewable energy company Hecate Energy to build and install six units with a total capacity of 12.8MW/52.8MWh at two sites in Ontario, Canada.

Powin’s modular Stack140, a 140kW lithium-ion battery array that is scalable from 125kW to multiple megawatts for outdoor installation, will be deployed in the systems in Stratford and Kitchener.

The projects will constitute the largest energy storage rollout in Canada upon completion and are expected to be online by the end of September 2017.

The system in Stratford will be housed inside a newly constructed building which is designed to support 20 Powin 2MWh lithium-ion battery arrays. At the Kitchener location, there will be six 2MWh 40-foot outdoor battery energy storage units.

“We’re proud to have been chosen by Hecate for this project as Ontario is at the forefront of deploying energy storage for frequency regulation, voltage control, and reactive power support," said Geoffrey Brown, president of Powin Energy.

“This will be the largest installation in Powin's history and – much like our recently commissioned project for Southern California Edison – will be deployed on an extremely aggressive timeline.”

Last year, Powin installed a 2MW/9MWh lithium-ion energy storage system in under six months in Irvine, California, for Southern California Edison that is part of the California Public Utilities Commission's response to the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak.

The Canadian projects were all contracted with Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) as part of its long-term energy plan.