and Communities

We value Community

Able Grid works hard to identify locations for its battery energy storage systems where they will be compatible with the uses around them and will be of benefit to the greater community. We collaborate with counties, municipalities, and neighbors to design our projects in a manner that meets their regulations and expectations. The Able Grid team meets early and often with landowners and planning and zoning staff to ensure that stakeholders are comfortable with a project’s aesthetics, safety provisions and other design features. We also work with county and local tax assessors to ensure that the projects are of significant economic benefit to the jurisdictions in which they are located.

What is a battery energy storage system?

To ensure there is always enough electricity provided to all customers on a grid, flexible resources must respond quickly to unexpected changes in load or generation. Historically, gas peaker plants have been used in this role, but they can take as long as 5 to 10 minutes to respond. A BESS can respond in milliseconds, thereby making the grid much more reliable. And as costs continue to decline, batteries are increasingly competing with gas peakers to provide this fast-response service at a lower cost.

Why use my land for a BESS?

A hosting lease agreement can provide landowners with stable revenue for the 20-to-30-year lifespan of a BESS. In addition, when Able Grid leases a site, the project provides annual property tax revenues to your local tax authority. At the end of the project’s life, much of the equipment on site will be recycled and the parcel returned to its original condition.

What does a BESS look like?

A BESS consists of a series of batteries within a small building or modified shipping container that is temperature-regulated by an HVAC system and surrounded by a fence and landscaping per local requirements. The layout of a project can be adapted to a particular parcel. Rectangular and square parcels can most efficiently house rectangular battery racks. And depending on local standards, a taller building may accommodate the BESS on a smaller parcel. The image at the top of this page is an example of how a BESS might look on your property.

How does it work?

Wiring from the batteries connects to multiple power conversion systems that feed into the main power transformer. Once the transformer steps up the power to the high voltage of the transmission system, an overhead power line connects the project to a utility substation. The battery can pull power from or push power to the electric grid based on signals from grid operators.

What about emissions and water use?

No fuel is consumed on site, so every BESS is a zero-emission facility. Although water is not used for operation, some stored water on site may be required as a backup measure within the thermal management system.

Is there a risk of oil leakage?

Transformers installed in the system are designed to conform to local standards on containment of any oil leakage and are regularly monitored for leaks.

Will it be designed and built safely?

Able Grid has team members on several national standards committees, so we are always up to date on the latest standards for battery energy storage systems. Our technical team will ensure the system you host is designed using the most current requirements developed by independent scientists and engineers. Able Grid always acts as a good neighbor, and the BESS will not disturb uses on adjacent properties.


If you still have questions, or would like to discuss hosting a BESS on your land, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact Us