Arevon Energy announced on Thursday it has broken ground on their latest project in California utilizing Tesla’s Megapack battery energy storage system. The Vikings Energy Farm is one among the primary solar peaker plants within the US.
The project, positioned in Holtville just north of the California/Mexico border within the Imperial Valley, will feature a novel 1:1 configuration of 137MWac of First Solar thin film photovoltaic solar modules paired with 150MW/600MWh of Tesla Megapacks. This configuration will allow Arevon to shift daytime solar production to late afternoon and evening hours, providing on-peak energy each time crucial.
In a press release announcing the beginning of construction no timeline was given for when the Vikings Energy Farm can be operational, but once it’s Arevon expects it to power tens of 1000’s of homes.
The Vikings Energy Farm is contracted to offer San Diego Community Power with resource adequacy and renewable energy, allowing the electrical generation service provider to fulfill peak summer demand and support grid reliability.
“Arevon is proud to bring the Vikings Energy Farm to Imperial Valley. We’re especially excited in regards to the unique design, which provides a storage component that’s as powerful as our ability to generate solar energy. This unique design, an extension of our on-going commitment to leading-edge technologies, will allow the ability to offer energy each time crucial, helping to stabilize the grid, and benefiting everyone on this community, and across the state of California,” said Justin Johnson, Arevon’s chief operating officer.
Arevon isn’t any stranger to Tesla and its Megapack system. The corporate has built the Arevon Townsite Solar and Storage facility in Nevada which powers over 60,000 homes within the region. Arevon has also installed a 400 MWh system consisting of 142 Tesla Megapacks in Oxnard, California.
In 2021 the corporate agreed to buy 2GW/6GWh of Megapack systems from Tesla, a lot of which can be used on the Vikings Energy Farm.