Ideal Power Inc., a Texas-based provider of power conversion technologies, has announced its products will serve in a collaborative hybrid microgrid project that will provide power to a commercial facility on the island of Saint Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Like many buildings in the Caribbean, this facility is completely disconnected from the central power grid and has relied exclusively on diesel generators for power 24 hours a day. With the deployment of Ideal Power’s six Stabiliti 30C3 multiport power conversion systems that integrate solar PV and batteries, with the existing diesel generators, the facility will be able to reduce fuel and energy costs, as well as cut greenhouse-gas emissions, by harnessing the power of the sun to power the facility.
“Our technology is enabling the deployment of clean, cost-effective and efficient power generation in areas where there is no reliable grid available,” says Dan Brdar, CEO of Ideal Power. “Thanks to our multiport technology, our six power conversion units will run in parallel to integrate solar, storage and diesel into a hybrid microgrid that will support cost-effective power generation around the clock.”
In an effort to transition to cost-effective sustainable power solutions, the Saint Croix-based commercial facility has called upon innovative energy partners to lead a next-generation solar-plus-storage project that encompasses six 33 kW solar arrays, three 135 kW diesel generators and a 300 kWh battery. The integration of the solar and diesel power systems is made possible through six Stabiliti units, which will enable bi-directional power flow between solar, storage and diesel.
The hybrid microgrid is part of the facility’s environmentally progressive design, boasting high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning; 100% LED lighting; and now, solar power generation.
“This project represents a very smart move by an off-grid business,” said John Merritt, director of applications engineering at Ideal Power. “Shifting to clean energy will offset costs and enable the business to focus on providing the best experience for its customers. We are optimistic that more island businesses and residences will see the potential of renewable energy systems to boost energy conservation and save on costs.”