FlexGen Power Systems will deploy 10 battery energy storage systems (BESS) for electric cooperatives in North Carolina, the energy storage technology provider and systems integrator’s home state.
The systems, adding up to 40MW in total, will each be deployed for a different not-for-profit cooperative group and most will be in rural areas of the southern US state.
The deal has been signed with the group North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, which represents the state’s 26 cooperative groups and their million customers in 93 counties.
The battery systems will be charged during periods of low electricity demand and discharged when demand peaks and is more expensive — and often more fossil fuel and carbon intensive. North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives said the batteries will increase reliability of the electricity suppliers’ networks and lower electricity and running costs.
The fuel mix across the group’s 26 cooperatives is already at 60% carbon-free and less than 5% of their power comes from coal. In addition to nuclear and gas, the group is pursuing newer technologies like community solar, microgrids, smart thermostats, EV chargers and now battery storage.