Convergent, Alectra JV to Build and Operate 3 Battery Energy Storage Systems in Ontario

Aug. 24, 2023
The 80 MW storage systems, enough to power more than 83,000 homes, will reduce dependency on fossil fuels and prevent capacity shortfalls

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has selected Convergent Energy and Power and Alectra Energy Solutions JV to build and operate three battery energy storage systems, thereby increasing the reliability and resiliency of the electric grid and reducing dependence on fossil fuel generation.

The JV will install a total of 80 MW of storage, enough to power more than 83,000 homes, a 20 MW facility in Guelph and a 20 MW and 40 MW facility in Vaughan. The installations are expected to initiate in 2024. The power supply stored and discharged by the batteries will be clean as Ontario’s grid is approximately 92 percent decarbonized.

The IESO proposals target to add capacity services from new and expanded electricity resources beginning 2025.

“As energy demands increase, battery storage systems will serve as an efficient means of supporting an effective as well as clean energy transition in the communities we serve,” said Ammar Nawaz, VP, Distributed Energy Solutions at Alectra Energy Solutions. “Sustainable solutions like these are central to Alectra’s commitment to assist in addressing Ontario’s long-term energy goals.”