Inside Climate News discusses how a California utility will be investing in 770 Megawatts of Battery Storage. Southern California Edison plans to build seven storage projects on a fast timetable despite the economic disruption of the coronavirus.
Battery storage is a vital part of a cleaner grid because it helps to fill in the gaps left by the fact that wind and solar are intermittent resources. And, like wind and solar, the growth of battery storage is closely tied to a decrease in its costs.
The combination of high need and falling costs means we are seeing new projects on a scale we’ve never seen before, including a whopper announced last week in California.
The utility Southern California Edison said it will work with developers to build seven lithium-ion battery storage projects that add up to an eye-popping 770 megawatts, which is more than all of the battery storage projects commissioned in the country last year and enough to power a small city. The projects each use four-hour battery systems.