CS Energy building three new solar + storage projects in Florida

CS Energy is expanding its footprint in the Southeast with three new solar + storage projects under construction in Florida.

Two of the projects are standalone battery energy storage systems with 5.5 MWh and 11.5 MWh in capacity, installed for a leading U.S. utility as part of a technology pilot program “to address growing peak demand and reduce congestion on the distribution grid,” the company said.

The third project is a 1 MW solar carport paired with 23 MWh of energy storage at a school. The project will provide savings to the school year-round and provide resiliency and support during natural disasters.

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“We are excited to add to our solar and energy storage project portfolio in the Southeast region,” said Eric Millard, the chief commercial officer of CS Energy. “Utilities, project owners, and developers can rely on our track record, reliability, and expertise to efficiently and cost-effectively complete their projects.”

CS Energy’s national energy storage installation base will reach over 200 MWh with the completion of the projects in Florida. Each will utilize Doosan GridTech’s digital energy management solution.

The solar and storage projects in Florida will be completed in advance of hurricane season, the company said.

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Utility-led expansions, competitive prices, and favorable state policies are developing Florida into the Southeast’s leader for solar capacity, according to a new report by S&P.

The state is expected to add more than 13,000 MW of solar generation installed over the next decade, the author’s stated, citing state regulators, with enough capacity coming online this year to top region-leader North Carolina.

The U.S. could add 10,000 MW of large-scale battery power capacity from 2021-23 – 10 times the total in 2019 – according to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

EIA expects most of the new storage capacity to come from systems co-located or connected to solar projects. By the end of 2020, most large-scale battery storage systems were built as standalone facilities.