Digital energy plant aggregator Swell will arrange a brand new VPP in Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). The My Vitality Optimizer Associate+ program goals to deliver 20 MWh and 10 MW of renewable capability to SMUD by recruiting, putting in and aggregating capability from residential prospects’ batteries positioned within the utility’s service space.
This system has the chance to scale to 54 MWh and 27 MW over the time period of the partnership. Contract functionality is predicated on a 2-hour deliverable capability, inclusive of exports with day-ahead notification for as much as 240 occasions per yr.
“As extra SMUD prospects add photo voltaic panel methods paired with battery storage options, they’ll be higher capable of handle their very own vitality wants whereas making significant contributions towards lowering their neighborhood’s carbon footprint,” stated Lora Anguay, Chief Zero Carbon Officer of SMUD. “We’re excited to companion with Swell to make this program a actuality in 2023 and proceed to ship on our decarbonization plan, which guarantees environmental safety, excellence in grid resiliency and reliability, inexpensive charges, and native financial and workforce development alternatives that profit the complete area.”
At present, there are roughly 600 customer-sited vitality storage methods in SMUD’s service space, with an extra 400 within the interconnection course of and hundreds extra projected over the subsequent a number of years. The success of applications just like the My Vitality Optimizer Associate+ is predicated not solely on complete enrollment but in addition on the extra job alternatives created for native installers and on the socially equitable impression of this system. Accordingly, SMUD has dedicated to funding batteries for low-income prospects within the service space via native non-profits comparable to Grid Options.
“We’re honored to work with SMUD in the direction of the achievement of their Carbon Zero 2030 plan via the deployment of a multifaceted digital energy plant throughout SMUD territory and the general CAISO grid,” stated Suleman Khan, CEO of Swell Vitality. “Our collaborative digital energy plant will present real-time vitality administration and synchronized battery dispatch throughout SMUD’s buyer base, enabling large-scale renewable deployment and minimizing the necessity for standard energy vegetation within the area. We imagine this mannequin is a beacon for a way municipal utilities and different publicly owned utilities can obtain scale and worth with distributed vitality assets.”
My Vitality Optimizer Associate+ will launch enrollments in Q1 of 2023, with operations deliberate to start out in April 2023. Enrollment will likely be open to each new and present photo voltaic and storage prospects. Prospects on SMUD’s Photo voltaic and Storage Fee can optimize onsite vitality utilization by pairing photo voltaic with vitality storage. For extra info on this system, please go to https://www.smud.org/en/Going-Green/Battery-storage/Homeowner.
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