Austin Energy Seeks to Boost Value With a United Fleet of Solar and Storage

By [email protected] The municipal utility in Austin, Texas is trying to figure out how much money can be saved when solar and storage talk to each other.

Austin Energy will install its first large-scale batteries this year to join a growing fleet of solar generation, both central and distributed. With funding from the Department of Energy, the utility is syncing up the efforts around an integrated control system, to quantify the value added by coordinating the dispersed assets.

That will be more than an academic exercise, because Austin Energy is working toward 10 megawatts of distributed storage and 55 percent renewable energy by 2025.

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