SELECT SMART GRID PROJECTS
HQ: 1300 Eubank Blvd. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
This project will demonstrate a prototype flow-battery system that can be grid-connected, charged and discharged, and scaled to utility power levels. The project started in 2010. It will combine a redox flow-battery chemistry with a unique, patented design to yield an energy storage system that meets the combined safety, reliability, and cost requirements for distributed energy storage. More >>
HQ: Alvarado Square
Albuquerque, NM 87158
This project began in 2010. It will demonstrate how a 2.8MWh Zinc-Bromine flow battery along with a sophisticated control system can turn a 500kW solar PV installation into a reliable, dispatch-able distributed generation resource. This hybrid resource will mitigate fluctuations in voltage normally caused by intermittent sources, such as PV and wind, and simultaneously store more energy for later use when customer demand peaks. More >>
Cimarron solar facility begins commercial operation
The Cimarron Solar Facility is online in New Mexico and is now powering nearly 9,000 homes with solar energy. The project is a partnership between Southern Company and Ted Turner (Turner Renewable Energy) and the power is being supplied through a 25-year power purchase agreement to member electric cooperatives of Denver-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association. First Solar developed and constructed the facility and will continue to operate and maintain the site.
Solar energy storage part of smart grid research under way in New Mexico
11/27/10: The Solar Home & Business Journal
The New Mexico utility PNM is joining with two educational partners and the Sandia National Laboratories in one of a growing number of renewable-energy storage and distribution projects getting under way across the country. Federal and state governments and private companies have been budgeting millions of dollars for efforts to study, develop and demonstrate cost-effective ways to store electricity generated by the sun or wind and dispatch it when needed.
Los Alamos kicks off smart grid project
7/30/10: Albuquerque JournalLos Alamos is launching a $27 million smart grid project aimed at setting new standards for alternative energy use. Representatives from the northern New Mexico community, the state of New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization met Wednesday to kick off the project. The project will build a 2-megawatt photovoltaic facility and a 7-megawatt-hour battery storage system.