The Project of the Year award recognizes clean energy projects that add community value through local economic impact, environmental impact, or carbon offset impact.
NEW YORK, February 23, 2023 –Convergent Energy and Power (Convergent), a leading provider of energy storage solutions in North America, today announced it was named the winner of The Cleanie Awards®’ 2022 Project of the Year for its non-wires alternative with utility National Grid. Convergent was recognized for its development of one of the first known solar-plus-storage systems providing a non-wires alternative, located in Central New York. The category winner was determined by a public vote in which Convergent and National Grid received more than 200,000 votes.
Now in its fifth year, The Cleanie Awards is a leading awards program focused on recognizing innovators and those making an impact in clean energy by highlighting the leading brands and thought leaders that are paving the way to a decarbonized future.
The energy storage system, designed, constructed, and operated by Convergent, will deliver more cost-effective, reliable, and sustainable electricity to National Grid customers in Cicero, New York, while leveraging solar energy during nonpeak periods.
“We are thrilled and honored to be recognized by The Cleanie Awards for our efforts to advance the clean energy transition,” said Frank Genova, Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Convergent Energy and Power. “This would not have been possible without our partners at National Grid, who recognized that an innovative solution can increase the availability of emissions-free energy while enhancing grid reliability. I’d like to thank our employees, customers, partners and the public for casting their vote for Convergent. We greatly appreciate your support.”
Brian Gemmell, National Grid’s New York Chief Operating Officer for Electric: “We are delighted that our project with Convergent was selected by votes for The Cleanie Awards. National Grid is focused on building a path to a more affordable, reliable clean energy future through our fossil-free vision. Projects like our NWA Pine Grove with Convergent are transforming our electricity networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to serve our customers and meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
“We applaud this year’s applicants and winners, as well as the industry colleagues that contributed to the highly competitive People’s Choice awards,” said Randee Gilmore, Executive Director of The Cleanie Awards. “The clean energy transition has accelerated this year given the boost of the IRA, maturing technologies, a surge of capital funding, and the rollout of ambitious climatetech projects.”
Convergent’s solution for National Grid serves as a model for future energy storage systems, as it is one of the first known distributed energy non-wires alternative resources that is third-party owned and controlled by a utility. This creates efficiencies that haven’t existed in previous projects of this size and scale—10 MW/40 MWh of energy storage paired with 15 MWdc of solar—part of Convergent’s portfolio of eight solar-plus-storage systems in Central and Upstate New York. The solar-plus-storage system was constructed by CS Energy. GE provided the DC-Coupled energy storage package.
About Convergent Energy and Power
Convergent Energy and Power (Convergent) is a leading provider of energy storage solutions in North America. Convergent has over a decade of experience financing and managing all aspects of the energy storage development cycle to help customers reduce electricity costs and increase reliability. The company’s commercial, industrial, and utility-scale assets can yield seven-figure savings while advancing the clean energy transition. Convergent’s proprietary asset management platform, PEAK IQ® leverages machine learning and deep market knowledge to optimize asset performance and maximize value. Convergent has over $500M invested in or committed to projects in operation or under development across North America. For more information, visit convergentep.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.
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About National Grid
National Grid (NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, please visit our website, follow us on Twitter, watch us on YouTube, friend us on Facebook, and find our photos on Instagram.
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About The Cleanie Awards®
The Cleanie Awards is the only cleantech industry awards program focused on honoring innovators, accelerators, and disruptors who are creating market-moving climate solutions. The program’s mission is to influence public opinion about technologies working to create a sustainable future for our global community. The team includes a prominent advisory board and judging panel of recognized business leaders, entrepreneurs, and communicators who are committed to the clean energy economy.
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