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Battery storage deployment in Canada gains momentum – pv magazine USA

Battery storage deployment in Canada gains momentum – pv magazine USA

Battery energy storage system (BESS) deployment is increasing in Canada, with the announcement of a 705 MWh battery storage system being delivered to Nova Scotia by Canadian Solar’s ​​e-Storage and several other projects in provinces across the country. But this increase can’t come soon enough, says Energy Storage Canada.

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Canadian Solar’s ​​e-Storage has been awarded a contract by Nova Scotia Power to develop the first large-scale battery energy storage projects at three locations in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The projects, with a total capacity of 150 MW / 705 MWh DC and located in Bridgewater, Waverley and White Rock, will play a significant role in improving the reliability and stability of the grid and contribute to provincial and federal goals to achieve 80% renewable energy by 2030.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2026, with the first site expected to be operational in 2025. e-Storage will provide comprehensive engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services, along with long-term service agreements (LTSA).

Peter Gregg, President of Nova Scotia Power, said, “We look forward to working with communities and project partners to ensure these projects deliver the most cost-effective value to our customers.

Elsewhere, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan’s first utility-scale BESS project came online last week. Construction of the 20 MW facility began in 2022 and was a community-led effort by the Canadian community.

Canada’s On Power supplied the equipment for the BESS, while local utility SaskPower hired contractors to complete the installation on site. The BESS is located at SaskPower’s Fleet Street substation in Regina, Saskatchewan’s capital. The Canadian government provided approximately $13 million of the total cost of the $34 million project.

“The addition of battery storage allows SaskPower to better respond to the varying demands on our electricity grid,” said Dustin Duncan, the minister responsible for SaskPower.

Rupen Pandya, president and CEO of SaskPower, said the company was pleased to add battery storage as another tool to power its customers. Pandya hinted at the possibility of more BESS work if the Regina BESS is successful.

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“The experience we gain from operating our first BESS will help us determine the potential for more battery energy storage in the future,” he added.

The start of the project is a significant development for Saskatchewan, which hopes to achieve net zero emissions 15 years ahead of Canada’s national target of 2035.

Elsewhere in Canada, other BESS-related developments have been rolling in. In May, the Ontario government completed the largest battery storage tender in Canadian history, acquiring 2,195 MW from ten projects ranging in size from 9 MW to 390 MW.

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