August 19 (Renewables Now) - Japan's NEC Corp (TYO:6701) today said its subsidiary NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) has secured contracts to install more than 20 MW of energy storage systems across New England.
The capacity will be added at municipal power plants at six sites in the states of Main and Massachusetts. One of those is a 3-MW/6-MWh facility for Massachusetts utility Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant, which will be among the largest in New England once completed.
The energy storage systems will use NEC’s GSS end-to-end grid storage solution and AEROS software control platform. The goal will be to lower the municipal power plants’ electric loads during peak periods and in turn trim capacity and power transmission costs, NEC explained.
Some of the projects, such as those in Wakefield, Ashburnham and Taunton, were realised with grants from the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) programme. ACES represents a partnership between the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the state Department of Energy Resources (DOER) that aims to support innovative “broadly-replicable” energy storage projects in Massachusetts.
Steve Fludder, CEO of NEC Energy Solutions, noted that the company has installed more than 750 MW of energy storage systems globally.