January 7 (Renewables Now) - US utility Luminant last week said it has put into service the 10-MW/42-MWh Upton 2 battery storage system in Texas, the largest one in the South Central state.
The lithium-ion energy storage facility is located near McCamey in Upton County, at the site of the electric utility's 180-MW Upton 2 Solar Power Plant. It will capture excess solar energy generated during the day and release it when demand rises in late afternoon and early evening.
Texas-based Luminant last year received a USD-1-million (EUR 877,400) grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for the storage project under the state’s emissions reduction plan.
Luminant is a unit of Vistra Energy Corp (NYSE:VST), which is currently working on what will be the largest energy storage system globally. The 300-MW/1,200-MWh facility at its Moss Landing Power Plant in California is slated for commissioning in the last quarter of 2020.
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