Visalia launches plans for new battery energy storage facility

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Lai said they were considering “interconnecting” with Southern California Edison on this project. The project needed more time to get started, mainly due to supply chain issues. He said the project could be online by the end of 2025 or even 2026 at the earliest. The decision on which batteries will be chosen will not even be made until 2024 because the project is still a few years from the start.

“Technology is constantly changing,” Lai said. “We are keeping an eye on this by working with various major manufacturers to ensure that the technology is moving in the direction we need to ensure a safe and reliable project.”

Batteries can range from three and a half feet by five feet wide to about 53 feet long by 12 feet wide, and range in height from about eight feet to 25 feet high. According to the staff report, “The project consists of lithium-ion battery modules that will be installed in racks and housed in outdoor Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) enclosures.” The enclosures will also have built-in safety features.

In order for the project to move forward, they must obtain a variety of other permits, such as building permits, in order to take another step towards inauguration. The SUP is conditional and will not be effective until the county and the applicant or owner sign a development agreement and reclamation plan.

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