Satcon, a provider of utility-scale distributed power solutions for the renewable energy market, says that its PowerGate Plus Spectrum micro-grid solution has been selected to power La Ola, Hawaii's largest solar photovoltaic farm and micro-grid on the island of Lana'i.
The 1.2 MW installation sits on a 10-acre site in south Lana'i on the Palawai Basin and is the first solar photovoltaic power plant to be controlled remotely by a utility, Maui Electric Co. Ltd.
The micro-grid was developed, coordinated and operated by Lanai Sustainability Research LLC, through its managing member, Castle & Cooke Solar Management LLC, and designed and built by California-based SunPower. It is expected to produce enough solar energy to supply up to 30% of the island's electric demand.
According to Satcon, the control capabilities and optimized power efficiencies of itsÂ Spectrum micro-grid solution, combined with SunPower's solar tracking system, will increase the energy capture of the farm by more than 500,000 kWh annually.