Between Eversource’s plan to use battery backup on an entire town instead of building a new transmission line, and Sunrun’s 20 MW solar-and-battery system that won a bid in the New England capacity market, large-scale battery backup is starting to be a real thing instead of just an engineer’s dream.
It’s only starting to, and only in tiny amounts, but I’m still a little surprised that it has come this far.
I’ve got a story about it in today’s Monitor, from the 2019 Energy Summit in Concord. Read it here.
For a more national/global perspective, check out this piece from Greentech Media: “From Science Project to Money Maker: Energy Storage Hits Inflection Point.“