Salt River Project, AES to Build Arizona’s First Standalone Energy Storage Project

By Editors of Power Engineering

Salt River Project and AES announced the start of construction for what will become the first standalone energy storage project for Arizona.

The 10-MW project will be built in Chandler and incorporate energy storage technology provided by Fluence. When finished, it will provide peaking capacity for the grid.

Additionally, SRP officials hope to use the project to learn more about energy storage to prepare to implement even larger energy storage projects in the future. Arizona regulators are currently evaluating steps to transform its energy infrastructure, including proposals for as much as 3GW of energy storage by 2030.

“Energy storage is already providing a wealth of services to central Arizona’s grid through other deployments, from supporting the growth of renewables to boosting reliability on transmission and distribution grids,” said Mike Hummel, SRP’s general manager and CEO. “This latest investment will add much-needed efficiency and value for our more than one million electric consumers.”

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