In 2017, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) announced the award recipients for their New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG) Program. The grant supports the implementation of new technologies that will reduce the emissions from facilities and other stationary sources in Texas. We were successfully awarded $3 million of the total $3.5 million of grant funds available, which helped kick off our Solar+Storage project.
The Solar+Storage project will help achieve a cleaner energy portfolio by implementing technology to reduce the emission of pollutants, consistent with the objectives of the NTIG program. The project integrates the most economically and technically viable blend of energy storage using a 5 MW – 2 Hour Lithium-ion system in conjunction with solar energy. The Solar+Storage project will be the largest energy storage system in Texas that shifts clean energy to peak demand periods.
The innovative Solar+Storage business model will incorporate multiple storage services for integrating renewable resources to achieve maximum emission reduction, while providing the greatest economic and operational benefits to our community, customers, and the ERCOT grid. The project is estimated to have a 20 year life, which matches well with the photo voltaic array and balance of plant components.
On June 23, 2018, our Board of Trustees awarded the Solar+Storage project to RES Americas to develop a solar+storage project on the grounds of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). The company was selected as the sole finalist from 22 bids received in response to a request for proposals issued last year. Construction is expected to begin during the fourth quarter of 2018, and the project is expected to be operational by the second half of 2019. The project consists of a five (5) megawatt (MW) solar power facility and a 10 MW battery storage system.
"We're excited to have received the Board's approval to move forward on a unique project that will help CPS Energy achieve a cleaner energy portfolio," said David Jungman, Sr. Director of Business and Economic Development. "The project aligns with our Flexible Path strategy and will allow us to combine renewable energy with new technologies and learn how to seamlessly incorporate those onto our electric grid."
For questions regarding this project, contact Lonny Ahr.