The first phase of the project reached commercial operation earlier this year utilizing Lockheed Martin storage technology with engineering and construction provided by Spark Power, a leading power systems specialist. The project has the potential to generate electricity bill savings up to 25 percent by targeting peak demand charges such as the rising Global Adjustment charge.
The installation at Bloor Islington Place is one of six sites supported by the Sustainable Development Technology Canada grant announced last year by Peak Power Inc. Once complete, all six sites will be aggregated into a Virtual Power Plant to provide additional services to the Ontario grid. Peak Power Inc. also has a site using a Tesla Energy Storage System at the Thomson Building at 65 Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario.
"We are delighted to be one of the first commercial building owners in Canada to install behind-the-meter battery energy storage. Innovative technology such as energy storage and Peak Power's software are providing options to building owners for better ways to manage our day-to-day energy needs," said Perry Rose, Executive Director, Procurement and Technical Services of Starlight investments. "The process with Peak was professional and efficient, and the execution phase was seamless."
Peak Power’s software platform, SynergyTM, optimizes the operation of distributed energy assets such as battery energy storage, electric vehicles, and solar. Through the use of Big Data and Machine Learning, Peak Power Inc. is able to forecast moments of peak demand on the grid. When paired with energy storage, this technology can reduce customers' electricity bills while helping utilities balance energy supply and demand, thereby improving grid resiliency.
"Peak Power is proud to partner with Starlight Investments — a recognized leader in North American multi-family and commercial real estate," said Derek Lim Soo, CEO Peak Power. "Peak demand is rising five times faster in the urban centers then in the rural areas. This project will provide a much needed resource to the Ontario grid infrastructure."