Australia-headquartered engineering and professional services company WorleyParsons said its first engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a battery storage project in the US shows how the energy sector is moving from “mega projects” to “portfolios of smaller projects”.
Australian Stock Exchange-listed WorleyParsons has dozens of offices around the globe and has been acquiring like-minded companies internationally since the early 2000s. Earlier this month, it was awarded an EPC contract for a 500kW / 1000kWh battery energy storage system in Oregon, USA.
To be built at Howard Elementary School in the city of Eugene, the EPC provider was awarded a contract by Eugene Water & Electric Board (EWEB), a customer-owned utility in the mid-Western state. Construction begins in June, with commissioning by the end of September this year. As with other energy storage projects delivered for schools, communities and public sector buildings in much of the US, the system will both help reduce energy costs and add backup power in the event of outages. This will include adding the capability to use the battery in conjunction with solar PV to provide clean drinking water for Eugene residents in emergency or disaster situations, from a well that the Water Board wants to install in future at the school. It's the latest C&I or community storage project to be delivered to the US schools sector, with other recent projects including the deployment of Sharp SmartStorage systems at several schools in California by Jigar Shah's Generate Capital.
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