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E.ON to build 20MW of Texas wind power storage

The battery systems will be attached to two wind farms in West Texas that have a combined 446MW capacity.

German energy group E.ON is planning to develop two energy storage systems with a combined 20MW capacity that will be attached to wind farms in West Texas.

The systems will be E.ON’s second and third grid-connected lithium-ion battery projects in North America and will be attached to its 249MW Pyron and 197MW Inadale wind farms. The batteries will be capable of responding to shifts in power demand, E.ON said in a statement.

E.ON is calling its battery system Texas Waves and will work with US energy storage developer Greensmith Energy to install the projects.

“The battery energy storage systems will be an integral part of the wind farm facilities near Roscoe, Texas, and will be charged from the wind farm,” E.ON North America’s vice president of energy storage Mark Frigo said.

Frigo added that the company will learn from its first storage project in North America, a 10MW system attached to a 2MW solar array project in Arizona. This project is expected to be in operation this year.

The German energy company has made the North American market a growth priority. In October, it announced a number of new deals in the US clean energy market, including $500 million committed to a wind farm in Illinois. Overall, it has developed, built and operates more than 3GW of solar and wind assets across the US.