On Tuesday November 29th, Brightfields participated in the Environmental Business Council of New England’s Energy Storage Comes to Massachusetts Energy Resources Program in Boston. Brightfields’ Mike Singer presented on Brightfields and partners’ Stott Ave solar plus storage project as part of the Storage Industry Perspectives panel. Mr. Singer was joined by Betty Watson of SolarCity and Drew Rankin of Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative (“CMEEC”), to discuss one of the nation’s first utility scale solar plus storage projects.
“Participating in the Energy Storage Comes to Massachusetts event was a great experience” stated Mr. Singer. “All the presenters were very knowledgeable and got the room excited about the future of energy storage in Massachusetts. It was also great to get Drew Rankin (CEO of the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative) some well-deserved recognition for the cutting edge work CMEEC is doing and the value they are delivering to their shareholders. Drew has a brilliant energy mind and has set an example of how to utilize energy storage in an economically advantageous and viable manner, which can be replicated by utilities across the nation.”
The Stott Ave solar plus storage project is a 4.75 MWDC solar array located in Norwich, Connecticut, which is coupled with a 750 kW/3 MWh lithium-ion Tesla energy storage system. This innovative project will allow CMEEC to remotely and instantaneously dispatch stored solar energy for optimal grid performance. In addition to “Greening” CMEEC’s portfolio, this project has enabled a more robust, resilient electric gird. The Stott Ave site is currently the largest solar plus storage site in Connecticut and a second solar plus storage system is currently being developed in Groton, CT.