The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced that it has signed a contract with Lincoln Park DG LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GlidePath Power Solutions, to build a 20 MW energy storage project in the town of Ulster.

The project is expected to be completed in early 2021 and supports the state’s energy storage target of 3000 MW by 2030 as well as its clean energy economy agenda.

The storage facility will be located at the Lincoln Park Grid Support Center and is being supported with $8.8 million from NYSERDA’s Market Acceleration Bridge Incentive programme, which provides incentives for bulk and retail storage projects. The project is in the design and study phase, but construction could start in about one year, NYSERDA said.

Once it is operating, the four-hour battery system will help relieve grid constraints by storing cleaner generation and releasing it during peak demand hours.

“It has been an honour to work with NYSERDA, the town of Ulster and local citizens to create a project that will advance battery storage both in New York and across the industry,” said Peter Rood, chief development officer for GlidePath. “We look forward to doing our part to help New York achieve its bold clean energy vision.”

GlidePath had originally proposed construction of a natural gas-fired peaking plant at the site, but altered its plans after concerns were raised by the local community.