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NineDot unveils Tesla battery energy storage system in NYC

The site in one of New York's outer boroughs includes bi-directional V2G charging stations.

Community-scale clean energy developer NineDot Energy unveiled what it said is its first battery energy storage site in the Bronx, New York City. 

The 3.08 MW/12.32 MWh Tesla Megapack system is designed as a solar canopy for bi-directional electric vehicle chargers. The project supports the company’s goal of deploying 400 MW of clean energy systems by 2026.

It received $1.2 million in support from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority through the authority’s Retail Energy Storage Incentive Program. 

NineDot Energy develops battery energy storage sites on small, vacant or underused parcels in the New York City metropolitan area, and is also working to enable vehicle-to-grid capabilities.

The company was co-founded as Certain Solar in 2015 by David Arfin, a solar financing pioneer, who is credited with developing SolarCity’s lease financing model for rooftop panels. The startup has since moved into community solar, and more recently, into community-scale energy storage with a focus on systems that use lithium-ion batteries.

In January, NineDot and fellow clean tech startup Fermata Energy, a vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology provider based in Charlottesville, Virginia, secured more than $100 million from private-equity firm Carlyle. NineDot and Fermata Energy have a partnership in place with Revel to deploy V2G technology to supply energy back to the power grid during times of peak electricity demand.

NineDot also won $250,000 in April as one of five startups chosen for funding by the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator. The incubator program is co-administered by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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