Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are central to the world’s clean energy future, but these sources can only reach their potential with the help of a lesser-known technology: battery storage.
Batteries are essential for renewable energy because the generation and deployment of renewable power does not happen at the same time; Put more simply, the sun does not shine at night and the energy gathered during the day needs to be stored until the evening when people come home and power usage spikes.
There are already several battery storage projects connected to the grid here in Arizona, but a larger, new project is on track to be the first one established in the city of Phoenix.
Strata Clean Energy of Durham, North Carolina, is in the early stages of developing a standalone battery storage project in north Phoenix, near Deer Valley Airport. The company is actually working on two projects — called Deer Valley and Scatter Wash — which are near each other and collectively known as Scatter Wash Energy Storage.