Backed by EVLO 1000 battery storage units the project is the company’s first in Western Canada as it adds to its growing portfolio outside of Quebec.
January 12, 2023 — VARENNES — EVLO Energy Storage Inc. (EVLO), a battery energy storage company and a subsidiary of Hydro-Québec, North America’s largest renewable energy producer, is pleased to announce its participation in a renewable energy project in Summerland, British Columbia. EVLO partners with Wildstone Construction Group (Wildstone), a general contracting group named one of Deloitte’s Best Managed Canadian companies, and Skyfire Energy, Western Canada’s leading solar panel installation contractor, to provide the District of Summerland with its first utility-scale solar installation that combines battery energy storage system (BESS) technology to extend the system’s output into the hours when energy demand is highest. The Summerland project includes a 0.4 MW solar array as well as four EVLO 1000 battery energy storage units and its proprietary EMS control system that will provide 4 MWh of storage capacity.
The storage system will enable peak shaving which will eliminate short-term demand spikes and lower peak loads, reducing the overall cost of demand charges. The solar installation will be geo-ballasted, meaning no ground anchors or concrete will be needed during construction of the array, helping minimize the carbon intensity of the project. More than 80% of the construction team is based locally in Okanagan.
EVLO’s battery technology and industry expertise are based on several decades of research and development on battery materials by Hydro-Québec, which has hundreds of patents in the field. Thanks to Hydro-Québec’s experience in the operation, control, and simulation of electric power systems, EVLO is uniquely positioned to develop products and services tailored to the specific needs of utilities and independent power producers. Founded in 2020, EVLO has several sites in operation and development across North America and France.