26 March 2019
fleet of behind-the-meter battery storage
of project capital to roll-out the portfolio
in the emerging behind-the-meter energy storage sector
The rapid growth and integration of renewable energy resources coupled with the retirement of aging baseload thermal power plants created significant stress on portions of California’s electrical grid, especially in Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service territories in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) set out to address this problem by developing an aggregated fleet of battery-based energy storage systems co-located at SCE’s large-load commercial and industrial customers.
Recognizing this growing need for grid support, we acquired the in-development portfolio of distributed battery storage systems from AMS in 2016. The contracted, utility-scale portfolio gave Macquarie the opportunity to deploy capital and leverage its development expertise and renewable energy franchise in the US energy storage sector. The Portfolio contracted with 30 unique large-load ‘host’ customers to build and dispatch a fleet of 86 battery storage systems distributed across SCE’s West Los Angeles Basin service territory with the nameplate capacity to reduce up to 62 MW or 342 MWh of load from the grid.
President of AMS
Our infrastructure specialists and AMS jointly developed the portfolio and facilitated $200 million of project capital required to design and build the fleet of cutting-edge battery storage systems primarily utilizing Tesla’s Powerpack solution.
Following the acquisition of the portfolio, our team of experts structured, arranged and established a bankable contractual framework to execute one of the largest project financing deals in the emerging behind-the-meter energy storage sector, an industry first for this type of asset in the US.
Our deep expertise in infrastructure enabled us to structure a traditional project finance solution for the portfolio. As demand for energy storage continues to grow, this transaction should serve as a model for future financings in this exciting asset class.
Managing Director and Group Head of CIT’s Power and Energy unit
Grid-connected battery storage solutions are increasingly recognized as a way to accelerate America's adoption of clean energy resources, as well as improve the operating capabilities of the grid, while lowering costs and ensuring reliability.