Amp starts up two solar projects backed by storage, AI and Virtual Plant

Amp Energy

Amp, a renewable energy developer and leading Canada company, announced that two solar farms of its portfolio have begun commercial operations; the two Massachusetts solar projects located in Ware and East Brookfield. However, these projects are the first ones backed by the company’s digital platform Amp X, with Virtual Power Plant and Artificial intelligence capabilities.

The two solar farms are located in Massachusetts, in Ware and East Brookfield. Amp X is a digital energy platform that enables real-time autonomous management and optimized dispatch of the battery energy storage assets. Does so thanks to its self-learning transactive-ready Virtual Power Plant.

According to the statement, these capabilities allow Amp to reduce operating expenses and maximize market participation. Therefore, reducing the cost of energy, higher asset value, and a greener, cleaner grid.

Particularly for the Ware and East Brookfield projects, the Amp X platform would enable autonomous demand response from the systems. Resulting in maximizing revenues while allowing the projects to participate in wholesale markets.

Furthermore, the solar farms in question are community-scale. Utilizing bifacial modules, which are double-sided solar panels, projects would have an annual capacity of 14 million kilowatt-hours. Project’s would offset around 21 million tons of CO2 each year.

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Amp delivering Amp X solutions globally

In addition, to maximize the benefits for the communities and the land adjacent to the projects, Amp committed to developing native vegetation and Pollinator habitats to increase and protect local biodiversity.

On the other hand, the Amp X platform has positioned the company globally. Back on September 17, the company secured financing for a giant solar project in South Wales, Australia. A truly massive project of 120 MW that will also count on the Amp X platform.

Nevertheless, the company has grown its assets in the US significantly, since announcing its first project five years ago. In fact, Amp’s development team has over 1GW of assets currently also in development in the US.

In regards to the Massachusetts’ projects, Irene Di Martino, Executive Vice-President and Head of Amp X, said. “This is a major step in the development of the Amp X digital platform, which relies on a transactive-ready system architecture and cloud-hosted state-of-the-art advanced analytics, with data sourced from a variety of different nodes across the grid.”

Finally, Jared Donald, Executive Vice-President and Head of Amp’s US operations commented. “These DC-coupled systems, along with proprietary optimization and design, once again highlights Amp’s emerging position as a leader in technology-enabled renewable energy and the energy transition.”

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