Concentric Power Inc is to install a 35-MW microgrid, combining solar, energy storage and thermal generation, for the City of Gonzales, California.
According to Thursday's statement, the microgrid will include 14.5 MW of solar, 10 MW/27.5 MWh of battery storage and 10 MW of flexible thermal generation. It will power the Gonzales Agricultural Industrial Business Park and will have a substation that will make it possible to sell power and provide capacity services into the California grid.
Concentric Power expects to break ground on the project in the middle of 2021, with the microgrid to up and ready to run in 2022. The power generated by the facility will be sold to the Gonzales Electric Authority under a 30-year Energy Services Agreement (ESA).
The project is worth USD 70 million (EUR 59m) and will be funded mainly by Concentric Power, with GEA and the Gonzales Municipal Electric Utility (GMEU) providing funding for the distribution infrastructure, which will be owned by GMEU.