Cypress Creek, Lockheed Martin get 12 solar-plus-storage sites up and running (12 MWh total)

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Shown here is one of Cypress Creek’s 12 solar-plus-storage installations in North Carolina. The projects will provide 12 MWh of Lockheed Martin GridStar Lithium energy storage. (PRNewsfoto/Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables have commissioned 12 MWh of GridStar Lithium energy storage systems for 12 solar-plus-storage projects. The solar-plus-storage system will provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina.

Lockheed Martin’s GridStar technology ensures that this power is rapidly dispatchable — a key benefit that allows Brunswick EMC to avoid peaking costs and pass the savings to its member-owners in Brunswick and Columbus Counties, as well as small areas of Robeson and Bladen Counties. They are compact, easy to install, and scalable for 100 kW to multi-MW projects as the GridStar system architecture consists of modular, purpose-built energy storage units that contain batteries, local controls software and all required balance-of-system components. The systems are certified to UL 9540 standards, a key certification for product safety for energy storage systems and equipment.

“These projects provide solar energy to our members and compound the value by delivering it exactly when we need it,” said Don Hughes, CEO/general manager of Brunswick EMC. “This collaboration will provide significant value to our members for years to come.”

These 12 solar-plus-storage projects represent the first set of battery storage projects developed, constructed, financed and commissioned by Cypress Creek. Cypress Creek acquired the projects from United Renewable Energy (URE), the initial developer of the projects.

“We are approaching a point where many newly originated solar projects will become solar-plus-storage by default,” said Brian Knowles, director of energy storage, Cypress Creek Renewables. “Cypress Creek Renewables is proud to collaborate with Lockheed Martin and URE to provide Brunswick EMC with a dynamic solar product that is able to respond to changing conditions on the grid or in energy markets.”

— Solar Builder magazine


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