Canadian independent power producer (IPP) TransAlta Renewables Inc (TSE:RNW) last week reached commercial operation of its 10-MW/20 MWh battery storage system in Alberta province.
Dubbed WindCharger, the facility relies on the Tesla Megapack technology and will be fed by the company’s Summerview II wind farm. TransAlta Renewables said that its system is the first utility-scale lithium-ion energy storage project in Alberta.
TransAlta Renewables built WindCharger at a total capital cost of CAD 14.5 million (USD 11m/EUR 9.4m), receiving around 50% of the funding through the support from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA).
The IPP acquired the project from its parent company TransAlta Corporation (TSE:TA). As part of the acquisition, the parent will pay a fixed monthly capacity charge for the right to operate and dispatch the battery in the Alberta market, the statement reads.
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