Barry Isett & Associates has long embraced green design. Now we are proud to play design roles in projects that promote alternate energy.
The Hazleton office civil team is currently preparing a feasibility study and land development plans for a proposed 20-megawatt flywheel energy storage plant at the Humboldt Industrial Park, Luzerne County, PA. Beacon Power Corporation, our client, will receive a $24-million Smart Grid stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $5 million in Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RCAP) funds to assist with the completion of the $53 million energy storage plant in the industrial park.
Flywheel technology stores electrical energy and puts it back on the electrical grid at times of high demand. Unlike conventional fossil-fuel generators that are typically used to provide this service, flywheel technology consumes no fuel, produces zero emissions of any kind, and can perform faster and more cost-effectively. Beacon estimates the facility could save Pennsylvania consumers an estimated $3.5 million to $4.5 million in annual electricity costs for 20 years.
Headquartered in Stephentown, NY, Beacon is recognized as a leader in electricity storage. Beacon opened a plant similar to the one proposed for Humboldt in Stephentown, NY earlier this year.
BIA recently provided design services for a 896 panel solar array for an 1,800 acre farm in Lehigh County. The farm received over $230,000 in financial help from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the Rural Energy for America Program.