Xtreme Power, a provider of Dynamic Power Resources (DPRs) for utility-scale power management and energy storage, has signed an agreement with developer Castle & Cooke Inc. to implement a 1.125 MW system on its Lana'i Island La Ola solar farm. According to the companies, this is the largest solar photovoltaic farm in Hawaii.
Xtreme Power says its DPR smoothes and controls the rate of change in renewable energy output, creating a better-quality power supply that can be utilized more abundantly without adverse impact to the grid. Since coming online in December 2008, the La Ola solar farm has been limited to delivering only 600 kW onto the Maui Electric Co. (MECO) grid.Â
With the addition of the DPR to mitigate the output variability on even the most difficult cloud days, MECO will allow La Ola to operate at its designed capacity rating of 1.2 MW, providing approximately 10% of the island's electricity needs, Xtreme Power states.
SOURCE: Xtreme Power