Dave Rich, NPPD sustainable energy manager, said that the BESS would be charged through the solar unit and discharged daily to accomplish several goals. “Some of those would be related to demand management, voltage support, and smoothing and shifting variable renewable energy generation,” he explained. The unit would store approximately the amount of electricity that a small home would use over the course of two months.
“Northeast Nebraska leads the state in renewable energy generation,” said Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning. “This first-of-its kind battery storage project positions Norfolk to lead the way in using the newest technologies to efficiently utilize renewable energy that’s created in our own backyard, keeps our electricity costs low, and grows new jobs and strengthens our regional economy.”