Batteries, Energy Storage, Renewables, Solar

Rocky Mountain Power taps B&V to lead solar-storage effort in Utah

Rocky Mountain Power has named Kansas City, Mo.-based Black & Veatch to lead construction of a solar-storage combination in a sunny Utah town.

Black & Veatch will handle the engineering and building of the hybrid system at Panguitch, Utah. Rocky Mountain Power, a division of Pacificorp, is planning a 650-kW array of solar panels to work in concert with a 1 MW, 5 MWh battery storage system.

Work has begun on the project. Completion is expected by the end of the year.

“Projects like the one in Panguitch are chipping away at old notions of the intermittency of renewable energy,” said Dave Leligdon, senior vice president and director of renewable energy for Black & Veatch’s power business. “Battery energy storage systems help deliver on the promise of solar PV by harnessing the time-varying and geographically distributed energy supply and increasing the availability and resilience of the electricity supply.

“As the capacity of batteries rise and the costs of solar and battery equipment fall, we expect more utilities to join PacifiCorp in exploring these innovative solutions for their customers,” Leligdon added.

Panguitch is located between the Dixie National Forest and Bruce Canyon Nation Park. It gets an average of more than 250 days of sunshine per year, making it ideal for the solar-storage combination.

Black & Veatch is a global EPC firm with work in conventional and renewable power sectors, as well as water and other infrastructure. Recently, the company has announced major projects-such as a 150-MW onshore wind farm working with Capital Power in Illinois and a microgrid combining solar, gas and storage for the Shell Technology Center in Houston-driving it deeper into the clean energy realm.

(Rod Walton is content director for Power Engineering and POWERGEN International, happening Nov. 19-21 in New Orleans. He can be reached at 918-831-9177 and [email protected]).