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Advanced Microgrid Solutions (AMS) and SunEdison have announced they have signed a joint development agreement to finance and deliver 50MW of energy storage for Southern California Edison (SCE) under long-term capacity contracts.

The storage system contracts were awarded to AMS as part of SCE's 2013 Local Capacity Requirement solicitation, and will be built on commercial and industrial customer sites throughout the West Los Angeles Basin. SCE will purchase capacity from the storage systems under a 10-year capacity contract, and expects to use the electricity stored in these fleets of hybrid-electric buildings in part to offset the power once produced by the decommissioned San Onofre nuclear power plant and other soon-to-be retired gas-fired plants. This program is part of SCE's plan to modernize the grid by adding 2.2GW of newer, cleaner resources including energy storage and renewables by 2022. The first fleet of energy storage systems is expected to begin commercial operation in 2016 in Irvine, California.

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