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O&R employees walking around Pomona battery storage site

Pomona Project

The Pomona Battery Storage project is part of O&R’s Pomona Non-Wires Alternatives Project, a program designed to help O&R maintain reliable service for customers. This pioneering program stems from O&R’s concerted effort to reduce costs to customers and incorporate new technologies to maintain efficient, resilient, reliable and sustainable electric operations.

The 3MW battery is owned by O&R and was built on O&R property adjacent to O&R’s Ladentown electric substation in Pomona. The batteries resemble five tractor-trailer-sized units, lined up, side-by-side. The cost of the project is $7.4 million.

The new battery project connects to the O&R system through O&R’s overhead distribution lines, allowing O&R to delay building costly new infrastructure that is designed to accommodate energy use at its peak. In addition, as wholesale and retail energy markets develop and mature, these batteries will be able to sell power into those markets to earn additional revenue, further reducing the cost of the overall battery deployment.

New energy products and services, such as O&R’s battery storage project, provide the region with environmental benefits, while also creating economic opportunity. The battery storage project supports New York State’s initiative to install 3,000 megawatts of energy storage throughout the state by 2030. Under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) passed in 2018, New York State is mandated to achieve 70 percent renewable energy by 2030 and 100 percent zero-emission electricity by 2040.