Installer: New Solar Projects May Soon Include Storage “By Default”

On Tuesday March 26, Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables announced that they commissioned 12 MWh of Lockheed Martin’s GridStar lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects.

The solar-plus-storage system will provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina.

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Lockheed Martin said that its GridStar technology ensures that this power is rapidly dispatchable, which allows Brunswick EMC to avoid peaking costs and pass the savings to its member-owners in Brunswick and Columbus counties, as well as small areas of Robeson and Bladen Counties.

The 12 solar-plus-storage projects represent the first set of battery storage projects developed, constructed, financed and commissioned by Cypress Creek, which acquired the projects from United Renewable Energy (URE), the initial developer of the projects.

“We are approaching a point where many newly originated solar projects will become solar-plus-storage by default,” said Brian Knowles, director of energy storage, Cypress Creek Renewables.

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Roger Flanagan, director for Lockheed Martin Energy, added, “Energy storage is key to unlocking the true potential of renewable energy generation.”

Lockheed Martin’s GridStar system architecture consists of modular, purpose-built energy storage units that contain batteries, local controls software and all required balance-of-system components.

Lead image: One of Cypress Creek’s 12 solar-plus-storage installations in North Carolina. The projects will provide 12 MWh of lithium energy storage. Credit: Lockheed Martin.


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