Dan Nordloh, executive vice president of EnSync Energy Systems said, “This distributed energy resource system is primarily designed to store excess solar energy generated during the day, and shift it for use in the evening hours when the overall demand for electricity peaks. The system will serve office loads, as well as what is known as a ‘head-end’ facility, which is a critical operating facility that takes TV signals from satellites, processes them into cable quality and distributes them throughout networks and into homes.”
Nordloh concluded, “Resiliency is often an important concern for our customers, and this system is designed so that the operation will be able to use their solar and storage in the event of a grid outage.”
The demand for energy storage in Hawaii is very large in the residential segment since Hawaii is trying to achieve 100-percent renewables by 2050. Because the grid can not absorb the output of residential solar now, energy storage is a must for future expansion.
About 350 MW of residential solar was installed in the state under the initial net metering (NEM) program that was capped in 2014. The estimated demand for additional solar installation in the state under the new Customer Grid-Supply program is 25.7 MW, of which only 9.3 MW had been installed as of April, 2016, according to the Hawaii State energy office.
As project developer, EnSync Energy’s distinctive engagement methodology encompasses load analysis, system design consulting, and technical and financial modeling to ensure energy systems are sized and optimized to meet customers’ objectives for value and performance.
Proprietary direct current (DC) power control hardware, energy management software, and extensive experience with numerous energy storage technologies uniquely positions EnSync Energy to deliver fully integrated systems that provide for efficient design, procurement, commissioning, and ongoing operation, the company says.
In addition to direct system sales, EnSync Energy includes power purchase agreements (PPAs) in its portfolio of offerings, which enables electricity savings for customers and provides a stable financial yield for investors. EnSync Energy is a global corporation, with joint venture Meineng Energy in AnHui, China, and energy project development subsidiary Holu Energy in Hawaii.