Sites in Gilchrist, Gulf and Highlands counties to store nearly 34 megawatts of electricity.
Energy storage supports reliability, grid operations, and critical services.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Delivering on the company’s commitment to expand battery energy storage technology in Florida, Duke Energy today announced the completion of three battery projects in Gilchrist, Gulf and Highlands.
Totaling nearly 34 megawatts, the recently completed facilities will enhance customer experience by continuing to modernize network operations, improve overall reliability and support critical services during power outages.
“Duke Energy Florida is committed to delivering a clean energy future for our customers and communities,” said Melissa Seixas, State Chair of Duke Energy Florida. “With each new battery site, Duke Energy takes another important step in expanding new storage technologies in Florida while maximizing benefits for our customers and the grid.”
As the manager and operator of the grid, Duke Energy Florida can leverage the versatility of battery technology to deliver multiple benefits to customers and the power system, including balancing power demand, managing intermittent resources such as than solar power, increasing energy security and postponing upgrades to the traditional power grid.
- The nearly 18-megawatt lithium battery site is located at the company’s 45-megawatt Lake Placid Solar Power Plant in Highlands County. The addition of battery storage to the utility-scale solar plant is the first of its kind for Duke Energy Florida, allowing solar power to be dispatched by the company’s grid operators, improving the overall plant efficiency.
- The 11 megawatt Trenton lithium battery facility is located 30 miles west of Gainesville in Gilchrist County. This new technology will improve the reliability of the power supply.
- The Cape San Blas 5.5 megawatt lithium battery facility is located approximately 40 miles southeast of Panama City in Gulf County. The project provides additional electrical capacity to meet growing customer demand for energy. This project is a cost-effective alternative to replacing distribution equipment needed to accommodate local growth.
Duke Energy Florida’s continued investment in battery technology reflects the company’s belief that energy storage plays an important and evolving role in how energy is delivered to customers today and in the future. ‘to come up.
By 2022, Duke Energy will have six operating battery sites in Florida totaling 50 megawatts of energy storage.
Time-lapse video of the Trenton Battery Energy Storage Site
Time-lapse video of the Cape San Blas Battery energy storage site
Duke Energy Florida’s Commitment to Renewable Energy
With a combined investment of more than $2 billion, Duke Energy Florida’s solar generation portfolio will include 25 grid-connected solar power plants that will benefit all Florida customers and provide 1,500 megawatts of emission-free generation and approximately 5 million solar panels in the ground. by 2024.
Duke Energy remains committed to the deployment of battery technology in Florida. A 3.5 megawatt solar microgrid and storage site will be added to Johns Hopkins College in Pinellas County. The microgrid will support grid operations and provide backup power to the school when it needs to operate as a special needs hurricane evacuation shelter. The microgrid consists of an array of 1 megawatt solar parking canopies and a 2.5 megawatt battery and controls, which will store and deploy clean, renewable energy to the school and the grid. The project improves electrical service and network operations for customers.
In addition to expanding its battery storage technology and solar investments, Duke Energy Florida is investing in transportation electrification to support the growing adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the United States with the addition of 627 charging stations EV charging stations, including 52 DC fast chargers, and a modernized system. power grid to provide diversified and reliable energy solutions to better serve our customers.
Duke Energy Florida
Duke Energy Florida, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has a diverse generation mix of natural gas, coal and renewables, providing approximately 10,200 megawatts of owned electrical capacity to approximately 1.9 million customers in a 13,000 square mile service area.
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