$1.5 billion energy storage project in eastern Kern goes back before state regulators

Bakersfield.com

One of California’s largest and most innovative energy storage projects is getting back on track in eastern Kern County after a delay that arose last summer led to changes including a new location next to Edwards Air Force Base.

A state review is expected to resume soon after Toronto-based Hydrostor moved the 500-megawatt Willow Rock Energy Storage Center’s proposed site 8 miles to the east after running into complications related to geology, biological resources and concerns raised by nearby residents.

Estimated to cost $1.5 billion to build, the project could receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in state subsidies. Already, Hydrostor has announced a $250 million investment from Goldman Sachs, and it has secured a 25-year, $1 billion agreement to sell 40% of its energy storage capacity to Monterey-based Central Coast Community Energy.

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