NEW YORK, NY June 29, 2023, 6:55 PM ET—At this time there is a lot we still do not know. What we have learned is that the fire alarms that went off occurred with two of Powin’s newest model battery storage systems, which are referred to as the Centipede. One of those Powin Centipede systems, on County Road 1A in Warwick, NY caught fire as of early afternoon on June 27th, 2023. The other system, on Church Street, is experiencing problems.
Convergent, which purchased these systems from Powin, does not have this model deployed anywhere else and was among the first customers to receive the system from Powin. The Powin Centipedes are the only systems that are currently experiencing problems at Convergent’s Warwick, NY projects.
While Convergent is responsible for developing and operating these two sites, we rely on partners to manufacture and install the battery storage systems. In this case, Powin provided the battery storage systems. We are now working in a support role with Powin’s team as they assess the source of the problem and coordinate a response.
NEW YORK, NY, June 27, 2023, 6:06 PM ET—On the evening of June 26th, fire alarms went off at two of the battery storage systems we own and operate in Warwick, New York. The fire suppression units within the affected battery containers at both sites were activated. We have deployed our safety protocol and are actively monitoring the sites.
There is currently an active fire at one of the sites. The local fire department, team members, and battery storage system manufacturer Powin have representatives on-site actively managing the situation and coordinating the response.
Our primary focus right now is working with the response team to ensure the safety of the individuals on-site and within the surrounding community. Please contact the Warwick Fire District for immediate updates. Convergent is actively monitoring the situation and will provide updates as the situation evolves.
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