The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Texas Emissions Reduction Plan (TERP) have announced the award recipients for their New Technology Implementation Grant (NTIG) Program. The grant supports the implementation of new technologies that will reduce the emissions from facilities and other stationary sources in Texas. CPS Energy was successfully awarded $3 million of the total $3.5 million of grant funds available, which will kick off the Solar+Storage program.
The Solar+Storage project will help achieve a cleaner energy portfolio by implementing technology to reduce the emission of pollutants, consistent with the objectives of the NTIG program. The project integrates the most economically and technically viable blend of energy storage using a 5 MW – 2 Hour Lithium-ion system in conjunction with solar energy. The Solar+Storage project will be the largest energy storage system in Texas that shifts clean energy to peak demand periods. The project will be completed in 2018 and will be located within the CPS Energy service territory on the Southwest Research Institute campus.
The innovative Solar+Storage business model will incorporate multiple storage services for integrating renewable resources to achieve maximum emission reduction, while providing the greatest economic and operational benefits to the City of San Antonio, CPS Energy customers, and the ERCOT grid. The project will have a 20 year life, which matches well with the photo voltaic array and balance of plant components.
Prior to the grant, Fractal completed an energy storage feasibility study for CPS Energy. Fractal prepared the NTIG grant proposal, managed the RFP and continues supporting CPS Energy with owner’s engineering and advisory services to ensure project success. “They are so innovative, and leaders in renewable energy. As a vertically-integrated utility, they can monetize energy storage in so many ways and it compliments their aggressive efforts in demand reduction and renewable energy integration,” commented Judy McElroy, CEO of Fractal Energy Storage Consultants.
CPS Energy is the largest municipally-owned, vertically integrated electric and natural gas company in the United States. They are #1 in Texas for solar generation, 8th in the nation for installed solar power and among the largest municipal wind buyers in the nation with 1,059 MW of wind capacity.