GE Renewable Energy, Paris, France, announced today that it has been selected by Convergent Energy + Power, New York, to provide an integrated solar inverter and energy storage package that will use a DC-Coupled system, for a 123 MWh hybrid solar plus storage project across three sites in Upstate New York. In aggregate, these projects will be the largest hybrid solar plus storage system in New York by a single owner. Construction on the hybrid systems has begun and is expected to reach commercial operation in the summer of 2021. GE will also provide a twenty- year service agreement.
These paired solar and storage projects support New York State’s clean energy goals by providing renewable energy to the grid at the most strategic times. Pairing energy storage with solar PV will allow New Yorkers to access solar energy whether or not the sun is shining and reduce the state’s reliance on power plants during peak demand hours.
Frank Genova, Chief Operating and Financial Officer, Convergent, said, “Convergent is leading the way on the development of groundbreaking DC coupled storage plus solar systems. We look forward to deploying GE’s systems across our community portfolio of hybrid resources.”
The system will use a direct DC-coupled configuration, with a single inverter and single point of interconnection shared by the solar array and the storage system, helping improve the overall energy output of the hybrid system while optimizing equipment and installation costs, and increasing the overall system reliability.
Prakash Chandra, Renewable Hybrids CEO, GE Renewable Energy, said, “Hybrid energy systems are all about the design and optimization of solutions at a plant level with the use of cutting-edge software-enabled controls, and GE is playing a leading role in building these solutions. We are thrilled to be working with Convergent on this new project that will set the pace for even more DC-coupled systems in the US and beyond.”
About GE Renewable Energy
GE Renewable Energy is a $15 billion business which combines one of the broadest portfolios in the renewable energy industry to provide end-to-end solutions for our customers demanding reliable and affordable green power. Combining onshore and offshore wind, blades, hydro, storage, utility-scale solar, and grid solutions as well as hybrid renewables and digital services offerings, GE Renewable Energy has installed more than 400+ gigawatts of clean renewable energy and equipped more than 90 percent of utilities worldwide with its grid solutions. With nearly 40,000 employees present in more than 80 countries, GE Renewable Energy creates value for customers seeking to power the world with affordable, reliable and sustainable green electrons.
About Convergent Energy + Power
Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent) is the leading independent owner/operator of energy storage solutions in North America. Powered by results, Convergent manages all aspects of the energy storage asset development cycle to help customers navigate an increasingly expensive, decentralized, and renewable-driven energy landscape. Convergent deploys state-of-the-art technology to significantly lower commercial and industrial customers’ electricity bills and provide utilities with cost-effective grid solutions. Convergent is also the largest independent operator of energy storage in North America, with over $350M of capital committed into its pipeline of assets. Convergent commissioned the largest behind-the-meter solution in North America in 2018.