Oahu-Based Food Processor Enlists EnSync for Solar + Storage

EnSync Energy Systems announced on April 13 that it will provide an on-site solar-plus-storage system to an Hawaii-based food processing company in order to increase the company’s sustainability and electrical resiliency, while also supporting expansion of grid service capabilities with the local utility.

EnSync is a Milwaukee-based developer of distributed energy resource (DER) systems and Internet of energy (IOE) control platforms for the utility, commercial, industrial and multi-tenant building markets

This project is expected to triple the capacity of the Oahu company’s current on-site solar PV array. In addition, EnSync will add energy storage and upgrade the food processor’s energy management system with new IOE DER Flex software to prepare the company for electricity program changes in late 2017.

When the project is completed, the company will have more than 600 kW of solar PV on-site and 850 kWh of hybrid energy storage to provide for both power and energy requirements.

“This opportunity, developed by EnSync’s project development subsidiary Holu Energy in Honolulu, will meet the processor’s desire for uninterruptible power and long-term energy resilience, ensuring reliable operation of their refrigeration assets, as well as other critical operations at the food processing and distribution facility,” commented EnSync CEO Brad Hansen.

The system will meet immediate needs by allowing the facility to enroll in HECO’s upcoming grid services programs in return for compensation from the utility for operating energy storage in a manner that supports the grid  Enrollment in programs like fast frequency response and non-spinning auto reserves would require the batteries to discharge energy when called upon by a local utility during a grid disturbance.

 When needed, the energy stored in the batteries will help maintain the company’s critical operations, such as processing and refrigeration at full operation for several hours.

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