The battery itself is being built by SunGrid Solutions, a Canadian company that has deployed over 500 megawatt hours of battery storage solution across North America. The company is teaming up with LG Energy Solution, a world-leading supplier of battery modules, and Valard Construction, a utility construction company with experience building electricity projects in the Yukon.
Yukon Energy Corporation conducted a year-long competitive procurement process that included a unique two-staged approach that first pre-qualified battery vendors and then rated vendor proposals. Thirteen submissions were received in the first stage, of which eight were shortlisted for second stage. Three were subsequently assessed based on technical specifications, schedule and price.
SunGrid Solutions was selected for the turnkey engineering, procurement and construction solution it provided for the project. It was also the lowest cost option. Yukon Energy’s final cost estimate for the battery project is $35 million.
When finished, the 20 megawatt/40 megawatt-hour battery will be the largest of its kind in the North, and one of the largest in Canada.