Ameresco, Inc., a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, has announced the signing of a contract for a significant battery energy storage asset in partnership with United Power, an electric cooperative serving Colorado’s northern Front Range.
The groundbreaking asset installation entails a multiple site, 78.3 MW, 313.34 MWh battery storage system, spanning a 20-year agreement between Ameresco and United Power. By strategically locating battery arrays throughout United Power’s service territory, this endeavor will empower the cooperative to balance its load effectively while seamlessly integrating renewable resources into their operations.
“The use of batteries on our distribution network is essential to a resilient and responsive power system, and we are excited to be moving ahead with one of the most aggressive plans for such a system,” stated Mark A. Gabriel, President and CEO of United Power. “These battery arrays will allow us to balance our power needs throughout the day and incorporate local renewables more efficiently.”
Ameresco will provide four 11.75 MW and four 7.84 MW battery arrays across eight different substation sites owned by United Power, encompassing Adams, Broomfield, and Weld counties. These batteries will empower the cooperative to store and dispatch power efficiently during periods of high consumption. By leveraging this state-of-the-art technology, United Power will optimize their energy resources, enhance their grid resilience, and ensure a reliable electricity supply for their customers.
“We are thrilled to partner with United Power on this transformational battery storage project,” said Jon Mancini, Ameresco Senior Vice President of Solar Project Development. “The inclusion of this expansive asset in Ameresco’s portfolio further underscores the global need for energy storage to bolster clean and sustainable power sources. Energy storage plays a crucial role in enhancing grid reliability, optimizing renewable energy utilization, and fostering a resilient and efficient energy future.”
Ameresco anticipates the assets to be placed in service in 2024.