The Frederick News-Post – Army installs battery energy storage system to store renewable solar energy at Fort Detrick

The U.S. Army, in partnership with a renewable energy and energy efficiency company, has finished installing a battery energy storage system at Fort Detrick that is integrated with an existing solar facility to stabilize renewable power at the base.

The battery energy storage system (BESS), installed by the company Ameresco, has a capacity of six megawatts. The solar energy facility at the base, which Ameresco also installed, has a capacity of 18.6 megawatts, according to a news release.

The BESS can be charged with power generated by the solar energy facility and power from the utility grid that brings power into Fort Detrick, according to Ben Lavoie, Ameresco’s senior director of energy storage and EV solutions.

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