Apex and Ikea to install battery at Texas wind farm

Apex Clean Energy and Ingka Investments plan to install a 16.4MW battery storage project at Ingka’s 165MW Cameron wind farm in Texas. It will begin operations in the coming weeks.

“The standalone lithium-ion battery will support the Texas power grid and increase reliability amid fluctuations in supply and demand,” the companies stated.

Ingka Investments is the investment arm of Ingka, the owner of most Ikea stores. The Swedish retail group aims to become climate positive – reducing more greenhouse gas emissions than its supply chain emits – by 2030.

Ingka and Apex developed the wind farm together, with the Ikea-owner now owning the project, and the renewables developer providing management services for it.

“Going forward we aim to invest in a mix of wind, solar, and energy storage. Investing in all three technologies will help to provide renewable energy during more hours of the year and optimise the use of our grid connections,” said Peter van der Poel, managing director at Ingka Investments.  

Located in Cameron County and owned by Ingka, the Cameron wind farm’s 55 turbines have been in operation since 2015.