Athens Renewable Energy is a proposed project combining 250-megawatts of solar with a 250-megawatt-hour lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS).
This project will be located in Placer County, California, north of the Greater Sacramento area. The facility will be sited on a few thousand acres of privately owned land.
Energy storage plays a vital role in expanding the use of solar energy while also stabilizing the grid to protect against rolling black and brown outs. The ability to store extra solar power generated during times of peak production for use during times of peak demand also makes it possible to significantly increase the overall supply of clean, affordable, renewable energy, which benefits consumers and the environment alike.
As with any development, Athens Renewable Energy will be subject to California’s rigorous environmental protection regulations. Construction of the facility will create relatively minor disturbances from vehicle traffic, construction machinery and equipment delivery over the course of a few months. Battery energy storage systems (BESS) can be managed remotely and require minimal maintenance, so once the facility is operational, it will generate minimal vehicle trips and will not produce noticeable levels of noise. The site will be fully enclosed and inaccessible to the public. It is anticipated that this project will achieve commercial operation in 2026. Vesper Energy is currently pursuing an interconnection agreement with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).