June 4 (Renewables Now) - Duke Energy Florida (DEF) on Monday unveiled plans to build 22 MW of battery storage facilities, targeting completion by the end of next year.
The company, part of US utility Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), will install three energy storage systems, the largest one of which with a capacity of 11 MW. Called the Trenton facility, it will be located in Gilchrist County, while two lithium-based battery installations of 5.5 MW each will be built in Gulf and Hamilton counties, respectively.
The aim of the facilities will be to balance energy demand, boost the reliability and security of the grid and provide power backup during outages. This will be the largest battery storage project for DEF, the company said in a statement.
As part of its renewables commitment, DEF is investing around USD 1 billion (EUR 889m) to build and acquire 700 MW of solar parks and 50 MW of battery storage facilities through 2022. Separately, it is investing in transportation electrification, the company said.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.889)