Duke Energy Florida has announced two new lithium-ion battery sites in Alachua and Hamilton counties to enhance grid operations, increase efficiencies and improve overall reliability for surrounding communities.
“At Duke Energy, we are always looking ahead for innovative technologies that can help us better serve Florida customers,” said Melissa Seixas, Duke Energy Florida state President. “These battery sites will help us continue to improve local reliability for our customers and provide significant energy services to the power grid.”
As the grid manager and operator, Duke Energy Florida can optimize the versatility of battery technology to provide multiple customer and electric system benefits, to include balancing energy demand, managing intermittent resources such as solar energy, increasing energy security and deferring traditional power grid upgrades.
The recently completed Micanopy battery site in Alachua County is 8.25 megawatts and is located 15 miles southwest of Gainesville. The site provides a cost-effective solution for focused power quality and reliability for the town of Micanopy and nearby neighbors.
Completed in April, the second site is 5.5 megawatts and is located 1.5 miles south of the Florida-Georgia border in the town of Jennings in Hamilton County. This site will continue to improve power reliability through energy storage as an alternative solution to installing new and more costly distribution equipment.
Duke Energy Florida’s continued investment in battery technology reflects the company’s belief that energy storage plays a significant and evolving role in how energy is delivered to customers now and in the future.