Calif. regulators award grant for solar PV and storage project

Satcon Technology Corp. (NASDAQ: SATC), A123 Systems (NASDAQ: AONE), Renewable Energy Services (RES), and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) were selected by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to receive a $2 million grant to develop and demonstrate methods to reduce the effects of renewable power intermittency. The grant is part of a larger initiative to develop the core solutions to bring more renewable power online through advanced solar energy harvest, storage and array control capabilities.

The Satcon-led project is designed to address these grid integration challenges through the development of photovoltaic (PV) integrated electric energy storage systems capable of voltage and frequency support, PV firming, real power dispatch and ramp rate control. The project team will develop, test and demonstrate the proposed technology at SMUD’s corporate headquarters in Sacramento, Calif.

The system will use a 500 kW PV array, Satcon’s 500 kW PowerGate Plus utility-ready inverter solution and a 500 kWh advanced lithium ion battery energy storage system from A123 that will leverage a high power, high voltage version of Satcon’s battery power conditioning system and voltage stabilization system.

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