In the third quarter of 2021, almost as much energy storage was deployed in the US as was recorded for the whole of 2020, when the industry surpassed a gigawatt of installations for the first time ever.
According to the latest quarterly US Energy Storage Monitor report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables, between July and September this year 1,140MW / 3,515MWh of energy storage were installed in the country.
The research and analysis firm had said at the end of last year that 1,464MW / 3,487MWh of new energy storage had gone online in the preceding 12 months. This in turn was more than had been deployed in the US in six years prior, from 2013 to 2019.
In other words, Q3 2021 saw the greatest quarterly deployment figures on record in megawatts, with 612MW more deployed than in Q4 2020, the previous record holder.
As before, activity was largely driven by front-of-the-meter, utility-scale energy storage with close to a gigawatt of installations (998.8MW). It’s unlikely to be surprising to regular readers of Energy-Storage.news that most of that was in California.
However, there was also growth in the residential and non-residential (commercial & industrial, community etc) segments. A quarterly total of 97.9MW / 225MWh of residential installations were logged and 43.6MW / 92.1MWh in non-residential — that segment’s highest figure for 2021.