Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables have commissioned 12 MWh of GridStar™ Lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects. The solar-plus-storage system will provide electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation in southeastern North Carolina.
Lockheed Martin’s GridStar™ technology ensures that this power is rapidly dispatchable — a key benefit that allows Brunswick EMC to avoid peaking costs and pass the savings to its member-owners in Brunswick and Columbus Counties, as well as small areas of Robeson and Bladen Counties.
“These projects provide solar energy to our members and compound the value by delivering it exactly when we need it,” said Don Hughes, CEO/general manager of Brunswick EMC.
These 12 solar-plus-storage projects represent the first set of battery storage projects developed, constructed, financed and commissioned by Cypress Creek. Cypress Creek acquired the projects from United Renewable Energy, the initial developer of the projects.
“We are approaching a point where many newly originated solar projects will become solar-plus-storage by default,” said Brian Knowles, director of energy storage, Cypress Creek Renewables.
Roger Flanagan, director for Lockheed Martin Energy, added, “We are pleased to support Cypress Creek Renewables’ innovative solar-plus-storage projects. Energy storage is key to unlocking the true potential of renewable energy generation.”
Lockheed Martin’s GridStar™ Lithium energy storage systems are compact, easy to install, and scalable for 100 kW to multi-MW projects. GridStar™ system architecture consists of modular, purpose-built energy storage units that contain batteries, local controls software and all required balance-of-system components. The systems are certified to UL 9540 standards.