SolarCity signs 20 year PPA with CMEEC for 13 MWs solar and 1.5 MW of energy storage

Written By: Jen Neville
May 5, 2016

On May 5, SolarCity announced that Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative had signed a 20 year PPA for 13 MW (AC) of solar and at least 1.5 megawatts (6.0 megawatt hours) of energy storage systems located in southern Connecticut. SolarCity and its financing partners will build, own and operate the solar power systems.

SolarCity and its development partner Brightfields Development, LLC have begun work on seven solar project sites.

The energy storage solution to be installed at Mountain Ash Farm represents SolarCity's first capacity services project, whereby the company will provide engineering, installation, and maintenance of a battery storage system that CMEEC can control using SolarCity's proprietary GridLogic control platform. Through GridLogic, CMEEC will be able to remotely dispatch stored solar energy to manage load spikes and optimize the operational performance of the distribution system. The storage solutions will be financed by SolarCity, allowing CMEEC to pay a fixed rate to utilize the battery storage system.

Drew Rankin, CMEEC's Chief Executive Officer remarked: "CMEEC's focus is on energizing customers and community prosperity, so we are excited to help create clean, reliable and locally based power resources. These systems utilize leading edge technology that is both powerful and fiscally responsible. With these solar and storage projects, we are pleased to join SolarCity at the forefront of energy innovation."

Peter Rive, SolarCity's Chief Technology Officer noted: "The advanced solutions we're providing CMEEC today comprise the benefits of years of energy storage research and technology development. Our GridLogic control platform integrates dispatachable solar power and energy storage to provide cost‐effective capacity, and additional stability to utilities and cooperatives like CMEEC and its customers. We're honored to implement this groundbreaking project as an example for the future."

Brightfields Development worked in partnership with SolarCity to secure sites for the solar and storage projects and coordinate permitting, development and design work.

John Hanselman, Principal and Founder of Brightfields Development, LLC observed: "We are proud of the development work Brightfields is doing in partnership with CMEEC and SolarCity, and we look forward to the successful completion of this portfolio.”

The CMEEC projects are already underway, with the Mountain Ash Farm solar and storage project expected to be online by the end of June 2016, and the entire portfolio expected to be completed and operational by December 2016.

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