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Duke Energy Florida announced two new Lithium-Ion Battery Storage Sites in Alachua and Hamilton counties. These sites will improve grid operations, increase efficiency and provide greater reliability for the surrounding communities.
“At Duke Energy we are always looking for innovative technologies to better serve Florida customers,” stated Melissa Seixas(Duke Energy Florida state President). “These battery sites will allow us to provide significant energy services to our power grid and improve local reliability for customers.” the president added.
Duke Energy Florida, as the grid operator and manager, can maximize the flexibility of battery technology to offer multiple benefits to customers and the electric system. These include managing intermittent resources like solar energy, balancing energy demands, increasing energy security, and delaying traditional power grid upgrades.
- The Micanopy Battery Site in Alachua County, which is 8.25 megawatts, is located approximately 15 miles southwest of Gainesville. This site offers a cost-effective solution to ensure reliable power quality and reliability in the area of Micanopy as well as nearby neighbors.
- The second site, which is 5.5 megawatts, was completed in April. It is 1.5 miles south from the Florida-Georgia border at Jennings in Hamilton County. As an alternative to installing expensive distribution equipment, this site will improve power reliability by installing energy storage.
Duke Energy Florida continues to invest in battery technology because it believes that energy storage is an important and growing part of how energy is delivered to customers. Three battery projects were completed by Duke Energy Florida in Gilchrist, Gulf, and Highlands counties earlier this year. These new sites are part Duke Energy’s commitment this year to having six battery sites totaling 50 megawatts in Florida this year.