Bronx BESS system leverages Tesla Megapack tech

NineDot Energy has unveiled its first battery energy storage system (BESS) in the Bronx, New York City. The site consists of a 3.08MW/12.32MWh Tesla Megapack system, a solar canopy and infrastructure ready for bidirectional electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

The latest site, called Gunther, comes courtesy of NineDot Energy, a developer of community-scale clean energy projects. It aims to boost renewable energy use in the city by reducing consumption from unclean power plants.

The project received $1.2 million from NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) through its Retail Energy Storage Incentive Program and is in support of the city’s goal of 6,000MW of energy storage by 2030.

Doreen M. Harris, president and CEO, NYSERDA, said about the project: “Once completed, this energy storage system will help to reduce electricity use from some of the dirtiest power plants in the Bronx during hot summer days and will serve as a model for how to advance similar projects in congested urban environments.”

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According to NineDot Energy, their battery storage sites are built in areas that sit at the intersection of existing infrastructure and high energy demand. Adam Cohen, the company’s CEO and co-founder commented how leveraging a “barely-used sliver of land in the Bronx” was essential in building the site, which they consider a breakthrough for the energy’s clean energy consumption.

“There is a large and growing investment opportunity to support a more resilient electric grid while reducing carbon emissions,” added Pooja Goyal, chief investment officer of Carlyle’s Infrastructure Group.

“With the launch of the ‘Gunther’ Bronx battery energy storage site, our shared vision with the NineDot team has started to become a reality for New York City residents and businesses as we continue to support New York State’s mission to achieve its goal of 100% clean energy by 2040.”

With battery storage, the Gunther site is expected to make the local grid more robust and integrate more clean energy into the grid during times of peak demand.

Vendors, agencies and financial partners who supported the project include NYSERDA, the New York Public Service Commission, Con Edison, the City of New York, the NYU Urban Future Lab, Endurant, Stem, Tesla and Carlyle.


Bronx BESS system leverages Tesla Megapack tech