Solar storage battery to be built in Hawaii

A utility scale solar project with a battery storage system is to be built in Hawaii. The SolarCity Project will supply power to the grid in the evening when demand […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

A utility scale solar project with a battery storage system is to be built in Hawaii.

The SolarCity Project will supply power to the grid in the evening when demand is higher in the island of Kaua‘i.

It will have a 52MWh battery system which is expected feed up to 13MW of electricity to the grid.

It is said to be the first utility-scale system in the US to provide dispatchable solar energy.

Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) has signed a power purchase agreement with SolarCity for the electricity.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

Jon Yoshimura, Director of Policy and Electricity Markets for SolarCity said: “SolarCity is excited to bring the first dispatchable solar storage system to the island of Kaua‘i. Hawaii has been and continues to be at the forefront of new technology and research for solar and storage. This solution will allow for more efficient load balancing and will reduce dependence on fossil fuel-based power.”