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Pine Gate Renewables turns on Grissom Solar in Enfield, N.C.

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 29th June

Grissom Solar, a 6.9 MWdc solar plus storage project previously announced by Pine Gate Renewables, is now online in Enfield, NC, interconnected to Halifax Electric Membership Corporation’s Medoc Substation. The project is selling power under a long-term contract with North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation.

In addition to the 6.9 MW of energy, Grissom provides 10 MWh of additional energy storage, and the site generates enough energy to power approximately 1,030 homes annually. That is equivalent to 964,000 gallons of gasoline and 9.4M pounds of coal burned each year.

Blue Ridge Power, Pine Gate’s strategic partner, provided all the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) for Grissom Solar, which began in January and reached its commercial operation date this month.

“Under Chris Dunbar’s leadership at Blue Ridge Power, Grissom Solar is now a reality and providing clean energy and storage to the local community,” said Ben Catt, CEO of Pine Gate Renewables. “There’s no doubt that energy storage will continue to be a crucial need for future grid reliability to ensure customers have power when they need it.”

Grissom’s energy storage system will dispatch power during peak demand hours and provide critical ancillary services to ensure the reliability of the grid. The system will charge exclusively from solar when it is needed most, thus ensuring
reliability and continuity of service at the lowest cost possible for customers.

“We are excited to bring our first storage project to the Carolinas,” said Mak Nagle, SVP of development strategy. “Like a Swiss Army knife, energy storage offers a variety of services that our off-taker can take advantage of while meeting
their specific need. In addition to Grissom, Pine Gate has more than 2.5GW of storage projects in the pipeline and we look forward offering creative solutions using this technology to other energy buyers.”