Article of Interest: Battery storage project kicks off at Luther Forest

Posted: October 10, 2018

New York State’s largest lithium-ion battery storage facility is being installed in Saratoga County at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Stillwater.

The facility is expected to be operational by January 2019 and will contribute the Governor’s goal to reach 1,500 megawatts of energy storage by 2025.

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Battery Storage Project Kicks Off at Luther Forest

 

Stillwater – (September 26) – The largest lithium-ion battery storage project in New York State officially began with a groundbreaking ceremony at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in Stillwater. The facility will provide clean energy to enhance grid performance and reliability. Key Capture Energy held the event at the KCE NY 1 facility at 30 Substation Road.

“We are fully committed to supporting the Clean Energy Standard, as well as to bringing local jobs and energy storage solutions to New York State, starting right here in Saratoga County,” said Dan Fitzgerald, Chief Development Officer of Key Capture Energy.

Key Capture Energy worked with the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the county’s economic development agency, to enable the project to move forward. Key Capture Energy is headquartered in Albany and is an energy storage development company for a 20-megawatt utility-scale battery storage project. Once complete, the Luther Forest Technology Campus will be able to store up to 20 megawatts of unused energy.

“We congratulate Key Capture Energy as it launches construction of this next-generation facility, which represents a significant investment in the economic, energy and environmental future of Saratoga County,” said Saratoga Partnership President Marty Vanags.

The facility is expected to be up and running by January. The storage system will provide green energy and is available for both local residents and business owners. At the same times, there won’t be any interruption or change in people’s everyday lifestyle.

“The average household probably won’t even notice it, and that’s good,” Fitzgerald said. “Everything will stay running and they will have a steady flow of power when they need. It.”

The battery is also part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s goal to reach 1,500 megawatts of energy storage in the state by 2025, with recommendations on how energy storage can deliver value to electricity consumers and address the needs and demands of the grid.

In addition to being the largest lithium-ion battery storage facility in the state, the project has also created 25 construction jobs and nine fulltime positions. Fitzgerald said it was a quick turnaround and should be a smooth project, largely due to the teamwork involved.

“We thank the Town of Stillwater, Saratoga County, Luther Forest Technology Campus, the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, the Mechanicville-Stillwater Industrial Development Agency, NYISO, and NYSEG for their support and collaboration to help move their important project forward,” said Fitzgerald.