Invenergy Starts Commercial Operation of Beech Ridge Energy Storage Project in West Virginia


Invenergy LLC recently announced the start of commercial operations of its 31.5-MW Beech Ridge Energy Storage project in Rupert, West Virginia.

The project is located in Greenbrier County, approximately 60 miles southeast of Charleston at Invenergy’s Beech Ridge Energy Center, and complements the facility’s existing 100.5 MW of wind energy. Beech Ridge Energy Storage provides fast-response regulation service to the PJM market and brings Invenergy’s total operating storage capacity to more than 64.5 MW.

“The start of operations for Beech Ridge further underscores our commitment to finding innovative storage solutions to meet our customers’ needs,” said Kris Zadlo, senior vice president of regulatory affairs, storage, and transmission at Invenergy. “We are continuing to expand our storage project portfolio as we believe this revolutionary technology plays a vital role in the future of renewable energy.”

An industry leader in energy storage, Invenergy also has a 31.5-MW storage project at its Grand Ridge Energy Center in LaSalle County, Illinois. Earlier this month, that facility received the Energy Storage North America’s (ESNA) 2015 Innovation Award for Centralized Storage. ESNA is the largest and most influential gathering of policy, technology, and market leaders in energy storage, and the conference’s Innovation Awards recognize excellence in installed energy storage projects across three categories: centralized storage, distributed storage, and mobility.

Invenergy’s Grand Ridge Storage Facility was also recently named a finalist for Best Renewable Project by Power Engineering and Renewable Energy World magazines.

Both the Beech Ridge Energy Storage and Grand Ridge Energy Storage facilities are utilizing BYD America’s containerized energy storage system.

In all, Invenergy has more than 100 MW of energy storage projects in operation, in construction, and in development in the United States, making it one of the largest energy storage companies in the world. 

— Source: Invenergy