Battery Storage Projects
What role can battery storage play in your energy future? It’s a question we’re excited to answer through a growing number of projects designed for local homes, businesses, and communities. Living in the Pacific Northwest means we have specific energy challenges, just like you have unique energy needs. That’s why our battery projects aren’t simply testing and installing cutting-edge technology. We’re strategically tailoring it to address the things you care about most.
Each project below is forging a path to innovative, flexible, and exciting new solutions – and a better energy future for us all.
Residential Battery Demonstration on Bainbridge Island
In November 2019, PSE began testing behind-the-meter (BTM)* 6kW/15.5kWh battery units on five Bainbridge Island homes. The goals for this demonstration included evaluating back-up power during outages and peak shaving – which is a term for reducing power consumption on the electrical grid during periods of high demand.
These lithium-ion, consumer-scale batteries are Sunverge One systems that use a proprietary software platform for operation. Mounted on the side of the home, next to the meter, each battery weighs 725 pounds and is stored in a metal cabinet that measures 76 inches tall, 34 inches wide, and 14 inches deep.
Commercial Battery Demonstration at PSE’s Poulsbo Service Center
In October 2019, PSE installed one behind-the-meter (BTM) 30kW/183kWh battery at its Poulsbo Service Center. This demonstration is designed to simulate the needs and load profile of a commercial customer and help PSE determine internal processes and operating protocols. The project also offers the chance to test peak shaving and demand charge management, as well as develop a quality customer experience.
For the Poulsbo battery, PSE partnered with Kore Power (formerly Northern Reliability) to design and install this system that’s housed in a weather-proof cabinet, atop a 7 foot by 14 foot concrete foundation on the service center’s lot. Our plan is to test the battery for at least a year to see how it operates through all four seasons.
Community Microgrid Demonstration on Samish Island
In 2022, PSE installed one front-of-the-meter (FTM) 50kW/336kWh battery and an 8kW ground-mount solar array in a residential neighborhood on Samish Island which has a high occurrence of customer-owned rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.
Our plan is to test this new microgrid over the span of a decade, and use the results of the testing to inform future battery and microgrid projects that PSE deploys. PSE will also evaluate other functions such as; peak shaving, which eases strain on the grid during times of high demand, and frequency response, which contributes to grid stability. For the Samish Island battery, PSE is partnering with KORE and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories.
PSE plans to install a 1MW/2MWh lithium-ion battery at Tenino’s Blumaer substation. We also plan to install a 150kW solar array on land PSE owns adjacent to the substation. These installations will complement existing solar panels at Tenino High School, creating a microgrid “island” that provides temporary back-up power to the school during an outage. We expect to begin the installation process in 2022.
In late 2015, PSE installed a 2MW/4.4MWh lithium-ion battery system adjacent to the existing substation in the Whatcom County town of Glacier. The project is funded in part by a $3.8 million grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce, in addition to a $7.4 million investment by PSE. The Glacier demonstration project is designed to perform three primary functions: serve as a temporary back-up power source to “island” a portion of the local Glacier circuit during outages; reduce system load during periods of high demand; balance energy supply and demand, helping to support greater integration.
PSE plans to install an approximately 3.3MW/5MWh utility-scale battery on Bainbridge Island. Unlike our other battery projects, this installation will serve a capacity function by supplying electricity during peak periods when customer demand is high (e.g., cold winter mornings).* Front-of-the-meter (FTM) and behind-the-meter (BTM) are terms that describe a battery system’s position in relation to an electric meter. A BTM battery provides power on-site, without passing through a meter. FTM batteries are located on the utility side of the meter.
Pictured above: PSE installed a solar array and battery at the Samish Island Fire Station in 2023.