Tesla Megapacks at the Saticoy BESS. Image: Arevon Asset Management.
After local opposition to the construction of a new gas peaker plant in Oxnard, California, a battery storage plant that was chosen instead has gone online just nine months after construction began.
Arevon Asset Management (Arevon) said yesterday that its Saticoy 100MW / 400MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) has gone online. Like a natural gas peaker plant, the system will be called into action during times of peak demand for electricity on the grid. Unlike a gas plant however, the BESS does not cause emissions or air pollution and instead of burning fuel is charged with electricity generated during off-peak times and times of plentiful solar production.
“Saying no to a gas peaker plant and yes to battery-stored energy has provided our community with a nonpolluting power plant, increased our tax base, and created good jobs and ultimately better health for the people,” Ventura County District 5 Supervisor Carmen Ramirez said.
Renewable energy infrastructure solutions provider Arevon used Tesla Megapack BESS equipment for the project, with 142 Megapacks installed in total. Power is supplied to California investor-owned utility (IOU) Southern California Edison (SCE) through a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
Energy-Storage.news reported in May that specialist software group Power Factors is onboarding the Saticoy BESS into its battery storage performance management platform, called…