The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) will enter into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with BYD Ltd. Corp., a China-based manufacturer of green technology, to develop a grid-scale battery project for renewable energy storage.
LADWP and BYD will develop the parameter and scope for a 5 MW to 10 MW power-storage unit to be housed at Pine Tree Wind Farm, the utility's wind power facility in the Tehachapi Mountains.
The storage unit is designed to improve LADWP's power reliability and balance the integration of renewable wind and solar energy into the LADWP's large generation portfolio.
‘BYD is pleased to partner with the city of Los Angeles and the LADWP for these breakthrough energy storage stations,’ says Stella Li, senior vice president of BYD. ‘This technology will allow L.A.'s solar and wind power to have a firm capacity and make them relevant to the grid, allowing the city to reduce their dependence on other fossil-based sources of power generation.’
The partnership between LADWP and BYD aims to test, develop and ultimately demonstrate the feasibility of large-scale energy storage options for electric utilities across the country.
Earlier this year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that Los Angeles will be the site of BYD's North American headquarters.