Bay State Wind has announced plans to collaborate with NEC Energy Solutions to incorporate an energy storage solution into its planned 800 MW offshore wind farm in Massachusetts, USA.
The two companies have signed a letter of intent to develop 55 MW/110 MWh of energy storage at the wind farm, which will be located 25 miles off the Massachusetts south coast. The project will become the world’s largest wind-paired energy storage system for commercial-scale energy.
Bay State Wind, a partnership between Orsted and Eversource, said that the plans will further its commitment to supporting and promoting energy storage in Massachusetts. Energy storage will help the region to overcome winter reliability challenges, it added.
“The development of a robust battery storage system is going to help Massachusetts become a leader in renewable energy, and more importantly it will help small businesses and consumers by ensuring a steady supply of energy, thereby reducing high-demand energy spikes,” said Eversource Vice President of Business Development Mike Auseré.
The Bay State wind farm will be the USA’s first large-scale, commercial wind farm and will have a capacity of up to 2000 MW.