S&C completes 7 MW solar energy storage in Ohio

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Half Moon Ventures (HMV), a Chicago-based developer of solar and wind energy projects, has cut the ribbon on its solar+storage facility in Minster, Ohio. The project, which consists of a 4.3 MW solar plant and a 7 MW storage management system, is the largest U.S. facility of its kind connected through a municipal utility.

The construction of the energy storage facility started in October last year. Introducing the new project to the readers, pv magazine discussed the main benefits of the solar+storage solution with a spokesperson for American Renewable Energy and Power LLC (AREP).

Chicago-based S&C Electric has been contracted to supply and build the storage system. The company was performing all major power system studies and complete engineering, procurements, and construction of the project.

According to S&C, its 7 MW PureWave system installed in Minster provides fully integrated storage management and power conversion for 3-MWh of lithium ion-batteries.

“Energy storage systems are so much more complex than the chemistry of batteries. If just one piece doesn’t work in concert with the rest of the system, the impacts to owner’s return on investment are huge," said president of the U.S. Business Unit for S&C Mike Edmonds. "It’s essential for success, to have an integrator – who is able to implement the power electronics, controls and high voltage into a successful solution”.

The solar plant located in Minster generates about 5,500 MWh annually. The generated power will be sold to the regional PJM utility. By adding an energy storage system to a PV plant, the village of Minster will be able to defer $350,000 of T&D costs, improve power quality and shave peak demand, S&C says in the announcement.

S&C will be further providing ongoing operation and maintenance services for the facility.