The Golden Valley Electric Association – BESS is a 27,000kW energy storage project located in Fairbanks, Alaska, US.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses nickel based as its storage technology. The project was commissioned in 2003.

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The Golden Valley Electric Association – BESS is owned by Golden Valley Electric Association, Incorp (100%).

The key applications of the project are electric supply reserve capacity – spinning, grid-connected commercial (reliability & quality), grid-connected residential (reliability) and voltage support.

Contractors involved

Golden Valley Electric Association, Incorp and Saft Groupe have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

The Battery Energy System consists of 13,760 individual nickel-cadmium cells, with each one roughly the size of a desktop PC and weighing 165 pounds. The batteries have a lifespan of between 20 and 30 years.


All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.