Canadian and US firms are to develop eight behind-the-meter lithium-ion battery storage facilities in Canada’s Ontario province.
Toronto-based energy storage developer NRStor has signed an agreement with Chicago-based IHI Energy Storage to develop the combined 42 megawatt-hour facilities with commercial and industrial customers.
Each battery storage facility is expected to be operational in 2019.
IHI Energy Storage managing director Toshiaki Nishio said the facilities would ease the pressure on Ontario’s grid and help firms to reduce energy usage.
Ontario has seen a number of advances in energy storage in recent months.
Indian firm EPAL and Swiss battery maker Leclanché have jointly invested in a 28-megawatt/14 megawatt-hour lithium-ion project— said to be the first utility scale energy storage facility designed to improve stability on the Ontario grid.
Earlier this year, Ontario’s provincial government partnered with electricity distribution company Toronto Hydro to build an “innovative energy storage system” as part of a public transportation project in Toronto.