AutoGrid Systems Inc said Sunday it has secured a contract to deliver software for a virtual power plant (VPP) project in Japan of energy services and trading company ENERES Co Ltd.

The client wants to combine more than 10,000 demand response (DR) and distributed energy resource (DER) units, including solar and storage systems, in its VPP in 2020-2021 and further expand it in subsequent years. AutoGrid will supply the VPP and customer engagement software to aggregate, dispatch and market energy from the assets.

The project’s first phase is focused on building a dispatchable DR portfolio. Work there is starting this year. The second phase will add behind-the-meter DERs along with DR. With the help of AutoGrid Flex, ENERES will pool DERs into a dispatchable virtual resource to participate in wholesale energy and capacity markets in Japan.

«As solar and storage costs continue to decline and new capacity markets open, DER and DR resources are becoming a key component of our daily operations,» said ENERES president Masahiro Kobayashi.