South Monterey County battery storage project serving Apple set to go
–An Apple-backed battery storage project at California Solar Flats in southern Monterey County is poised to go ahead after key permits were issued by county officials last month, according to a story by SiliconValley.com.
Approved in June last year, the $60 million project calls for constructing a battery energy storage system using 85 Tesla mega-pack batteries on a three-acre portion of the 2,170-acre, 130-megawatt Cal Solar Flats operation owned by Capital Dynamics and located on a 72,000-acre Hearst Corporation-owned ranch about 25 miles northeast of Paso Robles and seven miles southwest of Parkfield.
Once begun, construction of the battery storage facility is expected to take up to seven months to complete, with operation to follow.
The battery project will allow storage of solar power produced during the daytime hours and make it available during peak demand evening hours when solar is no longer producing energy. It is designed to store up to 240 megawatt-hours of energy.
Read the full story on SiliconValley.com here.