Santa Paula battery storage project gets second try, to supplement power supply – VC Star

A photo of an existing battery storage project by esVolta shows what a similar project slated for Santa Paula will look like.

A revamped battery storage project was approved by the Santa Paula Planning Commission last week, paving the way for a 30-megawatt energy system aimed at lowering emissions.

The project on 13th Street was approved unanimously by the commission, allowing the construction of a single-story building to house lithium ion batteries.

This and other approved battery storage systems in Ventura County are part of a growing industry in California to capture renewable energy. The projects are also in demand in the region now that one Oxnard power plant has gone off line and another is slated to be decommissioned in coming years.

The Santa Paula project by esVolta is expected to begin construction in the spring. At 30 megawatts, the capacity is enough to power 20,000 homes for four hours. 

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