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Ramapo OKs $7.4 million energy storage battery

Lohud.com, Westchester County logo Lohud.com, Westchester County 12/3/2019 Robert Brum, Rockland/Westchester Journal News
a path with trees on the side of a road: This is what the storage battery  that will be built in Pomona will look like. © Key Capture Energy This is what the storage battery that will be built in Pomona will look like.

Orange & Rockland Utilities has gotten most of the necessary approvals to begin construction on a $7.4 million battery storage project, following the Ramapo Planning Board's unanimous vote to grant site plan approval and a special use permit. The company is still awaiting a final building permit for the site in Pomona.

Five things to know

1. What is it?

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  • The large-scale battery, which resembles six tractor-trailer-sized units grouped side by side, is O&R’s first energy storage project.
  • The battery has a capacity of 3 megawatts — enough to power roughly 3,000 homes.
  • Right now, O&R neither produces nor stores power. It purchases power from the New York power grid.

2. Where will it be located?

The project will be built on O&R property adjacent to the company's Ladentown substation in Pomona, off Route 202 and about a half-mile from Camp Ramaquois.

3. Who's doing the construction?

Key Capture Energy, an Albany-based, independent developer of utility-scale battery storage projects, will plan, design, install and operate the facility.

4. When will the work be done?

  • Construction is expected to start in mid-January and the project is estimated to go into service in July 2020.
  • Equipment deliveries and other construction-related chores may cause brief traffic delays. The construction team will communicate with neighbors to minimize inconvenience. 

5. What does the project mean for consumers?

  • At times of peak customer demand for electricity, such as a summer heat wave that causes high air conditioning use, O&R would plug the battery into the electric system to provide additional power to help meet that high demand.
  • O&R says the battery will keep the cost of electric service down by using a cheaper alternative energy source; will support the reliability of the electric system; and will defer the construction of a new electric substation in the area — a cost that would be borne by customers.

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This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Ramapo OKs $7.4 million energy storage battery

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