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Alevo announces first commercial order

Stainless steel battery cells that will go into a GridBank module on the Alevo production line.
Stainless steel battery cells that will go into a GridBank module on the Alevo production line. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Concord energy storage company Alevo said Thursday it has received its first commercial order, for an 8 megawatt system to be installed for a small municipal utility in Delaware.

Alevo moved into a former Philip Morris USA cigarette factory in late 2014, promising to hire 500 employees in its first year. The company, which employs 140 people in Concord, acknowledged last month that its manufacturing launch has been slower than expected.

The project in Lewes, Del., will involve the reuse of a retired oil-fired generator building once operated by the city’s public works board, Alevo said.

Alevo makes energy storage modules called GridBanks that fit into 40-foot shipping containers. The installation is expected to help Lewes manage wind and solar energy produced in the area.

The Delaware project is “the first in a series of major commercial deployments the company has scheduled for 2016,” Alevo said.

It follows an agreement last year with Customized Energy Solutions to provide 200 megawatts of grid storage to wholesale energy markets in North America.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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