Join us for TREIA's July 10th Luncheon showcasing Austin Energy’s Austin SHINES Project: Innovations in Energy Storage
Austin SHINES moves Austin Energy closer to meeting the City of Austin’s climate protection vision of achieving 55% renewable energy generation by 2025.
Lisa Martin, Program Manager for Smart Grid & System Operations at Austin Energy will provide a Project Overview, the Project’s Current Status and Next Steps.
Austin SHINES: Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV. The project, known as Austin SHINES (Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar Photovoltaics) integrates solar power, energy storage, smart inverters, forecasting tools, market signals, advanced communications and a software optimization platform.
Austin SHINES vision includes specific achievements for local solar and energy storage. This project will analyze and determine best practices for integrating renewable energy and energy storage on the grid at utility, commercial, and residential scales.
Funding for this three-year project has been provided by the U.S. Department of Energy Sunshot Initiative, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Austin Energy.
Funding amounts are as follows:
- $4.3 million from the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.
This funding will enable Austin Energy to install a grid scale battery in the Mueller Development, along with pairing energy storage with residential and commercial rooftop solar. This project also includes smart inverters and a system optimization platform.
- $1.0 million from Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Funding from the TCEQ enables Austin Energy to pair a grid scale battery with a 2 MW community solar array in East Austin.
- Matching funds from Austin Energy.
Austin Energy will match the investments financially along with staff support as part of receiving the grants.
Estimated Project Timeline
Austin SHINES is a 39-month project that consists of a contract phase, design phase, deployment phase, and demonstration phase. The project is estimated to be completed by April 30, 2019.