E.ON celebrates opening of first energy storage & solar project in North America

Friday, 09 June 2017

Robin Whitlock

E.ON has celebrated the opening of its Iron Horse Energy Storage & Solar Project at the University of Arizona’s Tech Park near Tucson.

The 10 MW lithium titanium oxide storage facility and accompanying 2 MW solar array is now helping Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to maintain reliable electric service for more than 400,000 customers by providing frequency regulation and voltage control support.

“We’re excited to celebrate the grand opening of our first grid connected lithium battery system project in North America” said Mark Frigo, VP of Energy Storage North America at E.ON. “Energy storage systems, like Iron Horse, allow utilities such as Tucson Electric Power to use renewable resources more effectively and efficiently within their electric grid. Energy storage has the potential to truly revolutionise the 21st century grid, and we are excited to be leading the way in this innovative new market segment.”

Carmine Tilghman, Senior Director of Energy Supply and Renewable Energy for TEP, added that the company expects energy storage systems like Iron Horse to play an increasingly important role in the delivery of safe, reliable electric service to customers as it continues its expansion of renewable resources. E.ON has provided TEP’s local electric grid with a cost-effective, reliable battery storage and solar system that will help the company build a more resilient grid for its customers.

Lessons learned from the Iron Horse project are being applied to E.ON’s Texas Waves projects, the second and third grid connected lithium-ion battery systems installed by E.ON in North America. Co-located at E.ON’s existing Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas, the Texas Waves projects are currently under construction and expected to be online by the end of 2017.

E.ON has developed, built, and operates more than 3,000 MW of renewable solar, wind and energy storage generation across the US, with more on the way. The company also offers O&M and asset management services to third party owners and operators.