The Texas Electric Cooperative Association will install a battery storage system at its Georgetown, Texas distribution warehouse to provide power and technical training. (Photo By: AMS)
Texas Electric Cooperative Association is adding battery storage to its distribution hub to help supply power to the facility and boost the renewable energy knowledge base available to the state's co-ops.
"Battery storage represents the next step in optimizing our use of energy, and we are excited to showcase this system at our Georgetown facility," said Johnny Andrews, chief operating officer,
TEC Manufacturing & Distribution Services.
The unit is a parts and equipment distributor supplying nine generation and transmission and 66 distribution cooperatives serving members in Texas and other parts of the Southwest.
TEC plans to build a solar array at its Georgetown, Texas, master distribution center, once design work on the energy storage system is complete.
The co-op association is working with a team from San Francisco-based Advanced Microgrid Solutions's Austin office under a partnership designed to advance adoption of energy storage technology.
The 200-kilowatt hour energy storage system will provide hands-on training for co-op technicians, increasingly involved in balancing a growing supply of renewable energy from wind and solar from utility scale and distributed generation projects. "We will be able to let our members see the equipment up close, receive training on the software, and learn more about battery storage in general and its potential applications," said Andrews.
Co-op officials who visit the facility will also be able to see performance data from the system as it helps meet the energy needs of the 160,000 square-foot warehousing and logistics support facility.
"It will serve as a tremendous learning opportunity for cooperatives serving rural areas across the U.S." said Susan Kennedy, CEO of AMS. Company technicians are completing design work on the energy storage system and hope to have it deployed and operational by the end of 2017.
"TEC is constantly looking for new and better technological solutions to offer our members," said Andrews, adding that it will open the door for co-ops to renewable energy technology to meet a variety of needs on their systems.
Renewables are big in Texas. Nearly 48 percent of electricity produced in the state came from wind generation in 2016, according to analysts.