First Tesla, Now Shell: Advanced Microgrid Solutions Teams with Big Players

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Just a few weeks after announcing a deal with Tesla, Advanced Microgrid Solutions has also signed a 20-MW battery agreement with Shell Energy.

The young California upstart, a women-led venture, will install battery storage for Shell’s commercial, industrial and utility customer’s in California.

The two deals indicate that AMS is on to something with its move to create ‘hybrid electric buildings.’ The company installs software intelligence and energy storage, which when aggregated, creates a kind of virtual power plant, which offers demand reduction to the grid or local utility.

AMS and Shell Energy plan to identify new and existing direct access and utility customers who want to install the advanced battery systems.

“We are thrilled to be working with Shell Energy on a new fleet of hybrid-electric buildings in California,” said Katherine Ryzhaya, AMS chief commercial officer. “This collaboration will allow Shell Energy customers to save money while contributing to grid modernization and resiliency.”

AMS will design, finance, build and operate the projects. Shell Energy will have dispatch rights on capacity for use in planning and market operations, the companies said in a news release.

In its deal with Tesla, AMS will install up to 500 MWh of Tesla batteries in its energy storage projects.

The company also was among nine firms selected in November by Southern California Edison in a solicitation that netted 2, 221 MW in long-term capacity contracts, more than 500 MW of that from ‘preferred resources’ – energy storage, demand response, energy efficiency and renewables. SCE awarded AMS a power purchase agreement to develop 50 MW of storage in what AMS is calling one of the world’s first grid-scale fleets of ‘hybrid-electric building

AMS says its first 10-MW hybrid-electric building project will be installed in Irvine, California in 2016.

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About Elisa Wood

Elisa Wood is the chief editor of She has been writing about energy for more than three decades for top industry publications. Her work also has been picked up by CNN, the New York Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal Online and the Washington Post.


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