Saft has been awarded a contract by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to provide a 6 MW/4.63 MWh battery-based energy storage system as part of the 12 MW solar project in Anahola, Hawaii. It is intended to provide frequency support, voltage regulation and energy reserve functions for the local grid.
The KIUC is the only franchised provider of electric service to its consumers on the island of Kauai, which has a population of 65,000. The utility's all-time peak load is 78 MW through 13 substations. It is building the new $50 million solar energy park in partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and the Homestead Community Development Corp. in an effort to diversify its generating portfolio.
As part of the agreement, Saft will provide eight Intensium Max 20 lithium ionÂ containerized batteries. Two additional containers house ABB PCS inverters.
Deliveries for the contract are set to begin in October.