Invenergy opens 31.5 MW energy storage project in Illinois

Today, leading clean energy company Invenergy LLC (“Invenergy”) announced the start of commercial operations of its 31.5 MW Grand Ridge Energy Storage project in La Salle County, Illinois.

The project is located about 80 miles southwest of Chicago at Invenergy’s Grand Ridge Energy Center, which is comprised of a 210 MW wind farm; a 20 MW solar project; and an existing 1.5 MW energy storage unit.

Grand Ridge Energy Storage provides fast-response regulation service to the PJM market.

“Invenergy believes that energy storage holds the potential to be a transformative force in the evolution of the electric grid,” said Kris Zadlo, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Transmission at Invenergy. “As we expand our storage project portfolio, Grand Ridge Energy Storage reflects our company’s commitment to, and belief in, the future of this revolutionary technology.  We look forward to continuing to work with our customers to provide innovative storage solutions for their needs.”

An industry leader in energy storage, Invenergy also will bring online this year the 31.5 MW Beech Ridge Energy Storage project in West Virginia.  Both Beech Ridge Energy Storage and Grand Ridge Energy Storage are utilizing BYD America’s Containerized Energy Storage System.

“We are delighted with Invenergy’s selection of BYD’s Energy Storage system, which features our proprietary Lithium-ion Iron-Phosphate battery chemistry,” said Stella Li, Senior Vice President at BYD Company Ltd.  “Our technology is the first environmentally-friendly battery chemistry in the world, and has an industry-leading longevity and performance.”

In all, Invenergy has more than 100 MW of energy storage projects in operation, in construction, and in development in the United States.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in North America and Europe. Invenergy is committed to continued innovation in clean power solutions. Invenergy’s home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Europe.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have developed more than 9,000 MW of projects that are in operation, in construction, or under contract, including 75 wind, solar, and natural gas-fueled power generation projects and energy storage facilities.