EsVolta, a new partnership launched by long-time energy executive Randolph Mann with Australia’s Blue Sky Funds, has agreed to purchase 116 MWh of contracted utility-scale energy storage projects from Oregon’s Powin Energy Corporation.
EsVolta’s initial portfolio includes operational projects plus contracted pipeline. The company’s initial operating assets will be in California and Ontario, Canada, and the business will focus on greenfield development and M&A opportunities across North America.
Following are the primary projects included in the transaction:
PPA Grand Johanna is a 2 MW/9 MWh system in Irvine, California, that has been operational since the beginning of 2017 in response to the Aliso Canyon gas leak and is contracted with Southern California Edison (SCE).
Don Lee BESS is a 6.5 MW/26 MWh project that will be located in a historic orange processing facility in Escondido, California. The development-stage project is under contract with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).
Upon its commercial operation, a 50% stake in Powin Energy Ontario Storage, an 8.8 MW/40.8 MWh system in Stratford, Ontario, that is under contract with Ontario IESO. The system is expected to go online by the end of 2017 and it will be the largest battery storage facility in Canada.
A 10 MW/40 MWh project that will be publicly announced at a later date.
EsVolta was launched to capture growth opportunities in the energy storage sector. The esVolta team includes energy professionals with decades of experience in project development, design, financing and execution, with track-records at major utilities and independent power companies.
Randolph Mann, founding partner and CEO of esVolta, previously served as a Vice President of Development for NRG Energy and Edison Mission Energy where he was responsible for various renewable energy growth initiatives.
When asked about his new project, Mann, said, “We are excited to announce the launch of our new energy storage business at a time of great growth in the sector. We have received tremendous support from our financial sponsor Blue Sky and our technical partner Powin Energy, and as such we are well-positioned to pursue and execute on the tremendous growth potential in the North American energy storage sector.”
EsVolta has entered a strategic long-term agreement with Powin Energy under which Powin will be the company’s exclusive provider of battery storage systems through 2022.
“This transaction will enable the company to focus all of its efforts on delivering the best energy storage systems in the industry to project developers. esVolta and Blue Sky’s commitment to developing energy storage projects with Powin Energy’s products is strong validation of our technology and the top-tier team we’ve assembled,” said Geoffrey Brown, President of Powin Energy.