Mitsubishi, Powin to provide battery storage retrofits to California solar projects

By Renewable Energy World Southern Power has awarded a combined 640-MWh energy storage project to Mitsubishi Power Americas and Powin LLC.

The two-site utility-scale battery project is designed to enhance California’s grid reliability with additional and flexible resource capacity paired with renewable energies. Southern Power is the wholesale energy wing of Atlanta-based utility owner Southern Co.

The battery energy storage systems (BESS) represent some of the largest retrofits of solar and storage in North America, the companies said. Southern Power’s 205-MW Garland Solar Facility in Kern County (pictured) will add 88 MW/352-MWh of energy storage, while the 204-MW Tranquility Solar Facility in Fresno County will add

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