NextEra has retrofitted the 100 MWac/135 MWdc Saint Solar farm with a 100 MW/400 MWh battery energy storage system in Coolidge, Pinal County, Arizona. NextEra has regularly said they see retrofitting their existing fleet of solar assets with energy storage as one of their greatest revenue generating opportunities. It’s been suggested that it’s going to be challenging to retrofit existing solar power plants with energy storage for a few reasons, however, there are a few companies that think long and far enough – as well have the skills and funding to prepare for these current times. There will be ample opportunity to build out our near 100 GW of existing utility scale solar power with energy storage.

BESS containers and power conversion system (PCS) equipment at the site. Image: NextEra Energy Resources.

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