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GridBright expands interconnection services across USA

Steve Rogerson
October 1, 2019



Grid management company GridBright has expanded the scope of its grid interconnection consulting services, originally focused in California, to cover all regions of the USA. These services help renewable generation, storage, transmission and load developers secure their grid interconnection.
 
The services help developers navigate the complex and region-specific grid interconnection processes at the transmission and distribution levels.
 
"The growing number of grid interconnection applications nationwide, and the growing concern among grid operators regarding their impact on the grid, have increased the demand for our expertise to successfully and cost-effectively complete the interconnection process," said Dariush Shirmohammadi, California-based GridBright's chief engineer. "We help our clients save millions of dollars in potential interconnection costs by helping them make the right decisions throughout the process."
 
GridBright consultants have guided more than 200 renewable generation clients with their projects through various stages of the full grid interconnection lifecycle, spanning multiple electric control areas and ISOs in USA, Canada and Mexico. These projects represent over 25GW of wind, solar, geothermal, storage capacity at the transmission and distribution levels.
 
"GridBright has been helping Ormat with successful interconnection projects – geothermal, energy storage and solar PV – in California for a number of years," said Rahm Orenstein, head of utility-scale energy storage at Ormat Technologies, parent company of Viridity Energy. “We are happy that their expert consulting services are now available to us nationwide, especially as we continue to grow and expand our energy storage portfolio in other key regions.”
 
The following GridBright grid interconnection services are available nationwide: performing pre-application assessments, interconnection feasibility studies and interconnection cost estimation as well as commercial viability economic studies; technical assessment based on available hosting capacity maps; preliminary design of project configuration, including the single line diagram; developing data sets used in the various models; preparing and submitting interconnection applications; reviewing study assumption and running parameters of system impact studies and facility studies; interpreting transmission owner and operators' interconnection studies and costs; interpreting peak and off-peak deliverability assessments; protesting questionable study results with the transmission owner or operator and at regulatory bodies including FERC; assessing alternatives to the original interconnection design at the start or in response to various transmission operator studies; supporting the generation interconnection and power purchase agreements negotiations; helping with transmission operator interface during project implementation such as the Caiso NRI new resource implementation process; interpreting and managing interactions with affected systems; managing material modification assessments; managing transmission owner and operators' staff relations and appeal processes; and assessing the interconnection risk and commercial viability of projects acquisitions.