Energy & Power
Alectra studies Power.House solar storage pilot expansion
By Renée Francoeur
May 1, 2017 – Alectra Inc., with the support of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), has completed a feasibility study for mass adoption of the utility’s residential solar storage pilot, Power.House, in Ontario’s southern York region.
The study focused on analyzing costs, benefits, technical capabilities, and key considerations associated with aggregating a large-scale fleet of solar storage assets, known as a virtual power plant. It found that an expansion of the utility’s existing offering is feasible and could result in a positive overall benefit to customers over the study period, with the opportunity to install up to 30,000 new units in southern York region by 2031.
“This is an important project on which the IESO was pleased to partner with Alectra,” said Bruce Campbell, President and CEO of the IESO. “The results make a strong case for further study of the technical and commercial potential that residential solar storage can achieve. It will also help inform future efforts that may see these technologies emerge as a sustainable option to support reliable grid operations.”
For more on Power.House expanding to Thunder Bay, click HERE.
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