Massachusetts legislators are calling energy storage facilities like the one that broke ground in Sterling, Mass., last month a “game changer” in the effort to modernize the electric grid.
Energy storage, or the capture of energy produced through solar or wind power that will be used at a later time, is a key component of a 21st century energy systems. The Sterling facility will be the largest energy storage installation of its kind in New England.
“The Wachusett Area Chamber of Commerce supports Sterling’s energy storage facility,” said Jen Stanovich, the Chamber’s Executive Director. “We salute the town of Sterling for being a leader in the Commonwealth and see great economic benefit for area residents and local businesses.”
The new facility:
- Increases overall utility efficiency, offers continual savings, and helps the utility integrate clean, more affordable power into Sterling’s electric grid.
- Will provide up to 12 days of emergency back-up power to the Sterling Police Department station and dispatch center in the event of a power outage.
- Is being developed by a local company, which helps create local jobs.
Read more about the Sterling facility in the Worcester Telegram.
Read more about how energy storage could save MA ratepayers $800 million.