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The Lincoln Park Grid Support Center will use a state-of-the-art, utility-scale battery system to support the electrical grid in Ulster County and the surrounding region. 

Project highlights:

  • Battery-only design

    • 20-MW project uses only batteries

  • No exhaust stack or fossil fuel components

    • Diesel fuel storage, gas supply line ​and powerhouse proposed in previous design have all been removed

  • Privately funded

    • Will not increase costs to ratepayers

  • Small footprint

  • Reduces reliance on oil and gas plants for grid support services

  • Helps integrate renewable energy into local electric grid

Project Update - November 2019:

On July 7, 2019, the Project received Planning Board and Town Board approval of a SEQRA Negative Declaration.  Since then, the State of New York issued a revision to the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code to clarify and harmonize building code requirements specific to Energy Storage Systems.

The “2019 Energy Storage System Supplement” published September 2019, caused GlidePath to review its building design against the new codes. GlidePath determined that the best way to satisfy the new requirements is to house the batteries inside a group of non-occupiable steel containers, rather than enclosed in a single building. This kind of containerized layout is used widely in the industry; in fact, GlidePath’s earlier installations all relied on containers, which provide more flexibility to meet setback and spacing requirements. 

The layout consists of up to forty containers measuring 40 feet long by 8 feet wide, by 8.5 feet tall.  As with the original, the design also includes inverters, transformers, and cooling units.

Compared to the proposed building layout which was approximately 26ft tall, the lower height of the new container design will make the project less visible from the road. Other than the appearance of the structure, there is no change to the project’s location, overall footprint, electrical capacity, technology, or construction timeline.

 

GlidePath re-studied the sound level impact and confirmed the anticipated sound levels at the nearest property line to be 43.8 dB(A), well below the recommended limit of 60dB(A).

 

This website’s Project Documents section has been updated with a visual rendering of the new layout, photos from one of GlidePath’s existing containerized projects, the revised sound study, and the Town Board decision. 

On October 8, 2019 GlidePath presented the containerized design to the Town of Ulster Planning board which approved the new design and recommended re-affirmation the original SEQRA Negative Declaration. 

 

Ulster’s Town Board approved and reaffirmed the Negative Declaration on October 17, 2019.

GlidePath is entering the detailed design and construction planning phase of the Project and anticipates the start of construction in first quarter of 2020.

Environmental Review