Less than a year after completing the construction of the Top Gun energy storage facility in the Miramar area, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today announced the completion of a second energy storage project in the city from San Diego.
The firm announced in its official statement that Scott Crider, SDG&E Senior Vice President of Customer Services and External Affairs, Miguel Romero, SDG&E Vice President of Energy Innovations, and other local labor leaders gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the latest facility energy storage facility located in Kearny Mesa. The 20-megawatt/80-megawatt-hour facility can meet the energy demand of about 13,000 residential customers for up to four hours.
Caroline Winn, CEO of SDG&E stated: “From project to project, step by step, we are moving towards a cleaner, safer and more reliable energy future. Investing in advanced technologies like energy storage is critical to advancing our state and region’s aggressive climate goals, which include achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, with the added benefit of building a more resilient electric grid.
According to the SDG&E official industrial sources confirmed that its Kearny facility is one of the numerous SDG&E projects that will help California reach its goal of 100 percent carbon-free electricity while bolstering grid reliability this summer. The firm claimed that during the previous June, SDG&E completed construction on the Top Gun energy storage facility, a 30-megawatt/120-megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery system.
According to SDG&E’s official claims, this facility has enough power to power 20,000 homes for four hours. Top Gun is connected to the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) marketplace and can be used by CAISO to support power grid needs throughout the state. The Kearny facility began commercial operation this month and will also be available for CAISO use.
By the end of this year, SDG&E expects to have a total of 145 megawatts of proprietary storage connected to the regional power grid. For more information on SDG&E clean energy projects.
According to the firm’s statement, the Kearny facility consists of lithium-ion batteries, which feature chemistry that is more durable. Batteries are stored inside special storage cubes that have additional safety benefits, such as temperature sensors and fire retardants. The firm also added that its battery storage works by harnessing renewable resources, such as solar and wind power, when they are abundant during the day, and then sending that same energy back to the power grid when it is needed, such as at night or during the hot summer months when the power supply is limited.
SDG&E sources add that it is an innovative energy company based in San Diego that provides clean, safe, and reliable energy to improve the lives of the people it serves in San Diego County and South Orange County. The company’s commitment lies in creating of a sustainable future by providing its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners, and investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for future generations.