AES India and Mitsubishi Corporation have started construction of a 10 MW energy storage solution in Delhi, India, Fluence has announced.

The battery installation will be the first grid-scale battery energy storage facility in India and will enable peak load management as well as add system flexibility and enhance reliability for more than 7 million customers in the Delhi region.

Fluence, a joint venture between AES and Siemens, will supply its Advancion technology platform for the project. It said that the remarkable growth in India’s renewable energy sector means that network operators need ways to reduce congestion on the network and reduce mitigate the impacts that solar and wind generation have.

“Tata Power-DDL has introduced several firsts in the distribution sector and implemented various smart grid technologies,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Power-DDL. “The first of its kind system will help to create a business case for the deployment of storage in India, to address challenges in the areas of peak load management, system flexibility, frequency regulation and reliability on the network.

“This project will provide a platform to demonstrate energy storage as a critical distribution asset and help to balance distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar.”

India recently expanded its renewable energy target to 175 GW of solar and wind generation by 2022.