Electricity Storage System To Be Added To Mount Tom Solar
October 16, 2017 - storage organizer
A solar appetite storage complement will be built on a drift of a former coal-burning plant in western Massachusetts.
Holyoke Gas Electric Co. is building a three-megawatt appetite storage complement during Mount Tom Solar that will concede a metropolitan application to accommodate spikes in direct though carrying to squeeze appetite from a grid.
Consisting of a array of batteries, it will be a largest utility-scale appetite storage plan in Massachusetts, according to a news release. The plan is being paid for with a $475,000 extend from a state Department of Energy Resources.
The aged coal-fired Mount Tom Power Station operated from 1960-2014. Last year, a scarcely 6- megawatt solar farm, with 17,000 solar panels, was commissioned on 22 acres of a 128-acre site.
HGE has an agreement to squeeze all a electricity generated during a site, that is adequate to appetite 1,000 homes, according to James Lavelle, a manager of a appetite company.
“We are going to have over 75 percent of a electric portfolio that is renewable appetite and over 98 percent of a appetite will be carbon-free, he said.
The acclimatisation of a Mount Tom Power Station site to purify appetite has been hailed by environmental groups and village organizers. At final year’s groundbreaking rite for a solar farm, Carlos Rodriguez, a personality of Action for a Healthy Holyoke, blamed a aged spark plant for high asthma rates in a reduce Pioneer Valley.
” If we asked me 4 or 5 years ago, people would have pronounced a plant will never close down,” pronounced Rodriguez. ” It was hard, though we did it. We did it.”
Claire Miller, a lead organizer with Toxics Action Center, pronounced Holyoke is a indication for other communities that have aged coal-burning plants.
“One of a advantages of a coal-fired appetite plant is that it already has a hookups to a grid,” explained Miller. ” Every application association should demeanour during this.”
A re-use investigate launched by a administration of Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse a year a plant close down had endorsed putting solar panels on partial of a appetite plant property.
“This is what we wanted to see happen,” pronounced Morse.
The study, that enclosed several open hearings, also urged blurb redevelopment of a apportionment of a skill and providing open entrance to a Connecticut River.
The city is receiving a $146,000 annual remuneration in lieu of taxes from a solar farm. Officials contend it is a tiny fragment of a skill taxes a appetite plant once paid.