Colorado’s Largest Commercial Scale Energy Storage Project
Owned and Operated by United Power, a Member-Owned Electric Cooperative
United Power will construct its first commercial scale energy storage project. Located near Firestone, CO and developed in collaboration with Chicago based SoCore Energy, the 4 MW / 16 MWh battery storage system will be the largest facility in the State of Colorado and one of the largest systems owned and operated by an electric co-op anywhere in the country.
Tesla Battery Storage Technology
The 4 MW / 16 MWh Tesla Powerpack system offers scalable battery storage for utility and commercial applications and are designed for performance, safety and reliability. Powerpacks include 16 individual Lithium Ion battery pods and liquid cooling technology to ensure maximum performance in all climates. The Tesla Batteries were delivered in July 2108 and plan to be online by November 2018.
Designed to Save Money, Open Door for More Renewables
It is estimated the battery storage system will save the cooperative and its members $1 million per year on capacity charges. The battery storage system will store energy generated in the overnight hours, when demand is low, and discharge it during peak hours to reduce demand. Curbing peak demand will reduce costs and help improve the overall efficiency of United Power’s electric grid as it serves its more than 83,000 meters. Storage is the next step to bringing more renewables onto the system.
Developed in collaboration with SoCore Energy – an Engie Company.
SoCore is a Chicago based solar PV and energy storage developer with a special focus on serving rural electric cooperatives.
ENGIE North America manages a range of energy businesses in the United States and Canada, including renewable and low-carbon electricity generation and cogeneration.
United Power is a rural electric cooperative serving more than 83,000 meters along Colorado’s northern front range.
Located at United Power’s West Office
United Power’s West office, scheduled to open in 2019, is located on I-25 just south of Highway 119 in unincorporated Weld County. United Power’s Community Battery storage project is the first battery site to be permitted in Weld County.