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Alfen has been selected by WeertEnergie to supply the first cooperative-owned energy storage system connected to solar PV in the Netherlands. The COOP-Store (Cooperative Storage Renewable Energy) project aims to combine multiple use-cases: optimizing local self-consumption from solar PV, providing grid stability services and energy trading. WeertEnergie is a local cooperative of residents, companies and other organizations in and around the municipality of Weert with the objective to realize sustainability goals for the region.
Alfen will deliver a 617kWh battery energy storage system, including the local micro-grid connecting a new local solar PV farm to the storage system and the power grid. Other parties involved in the project are Scholt Energy for operating and trading the storage system, SEAC for measuring and analyzing storage performance and Soltronergy for developing a solar PV farm that will be connected to the local energy system.
Peter Gloudi, Chairman of WeertEnergie comments: “We are proud to be the first Dutch energy cooperation to deploy an energy storage system connected to a solar PV farm. This will help us to further realize our ambitions around local autonomy of renewable energy. We selected Alfen because of their vast experience with storage projects, their ability to connect our local renewable resources to the energy system and their flexible and cooperative approach in developing our business case.”
Stephanie Schockaert, sales manager at Alfen adds: “More and more renewable energy is being generated locally, often owned by local cooperatives. Through the addition of energy storage, the energy generated from these renewable resources can also be consumed locally, which contributes greatly to their energy-neutral objective. Leveraging our long history with micro-grids we have extensive experience in integrating solar and windfarms into local energy systems including energy storage. Storage systems for cooperatives such as WeertEnergie could set the example for battery sharing models and Storage as a Service, with similarities to existing models around data services in the cloud.”