Mauna Loa manufacturing plant in Kea’au, Hawai’i
Capture excess on-site solar generation for later use
Battery energy storage system with DER.OS optimization software
Site powered by 100% renewable energy, avoiding 1000+ tons of CO2e/year
Capture Benefits of Excess Solar Generation
We chose Enel X because they pair their hardware solutions with industry-leading software. Their software platform creates flexibility for any typical asset integration, but this project showed the power of that software. And it was unique in that Enel X is also able to help control existing generators at the site that needed a response platform.
VP of Energy Storage and EV Charging, DSD
But Hawai’i is a unique energy market, and that created complications. The state ended net-metering in 2015, a process by which grid operators reward customers for exporting excess generation back to the grid. Because of this, at times Mauna Loa’s large solar generation would exceed their energy demands, and they would have to curtail solar.
Without capturing value from that excess solar generation, they would not be unlocking the full benefits of their solar installation.
Adding Storage with Enel X
Finding Creative Solutions for Unique Problems
Enel X has extensive experience in energy markets across North America, having pioneered demand response aggregation in the early 2000s and enrolled electric customers in wholesale markets for the past two decades. This experience allows Enel X to find creative solutions for partners with unique problems.
In Hawai’i, Enel X partnered with DSD to ensure Mauna Loa could maximize the benefits of their system. Enel X customized a storage and optimization software solution that easily integrated with Mauna Loa’s existing electric infrastructure and the new solar asset. Because the project required long-term monitoring, Enel X also provided continued monitoring and operating services to maximize the benefits of the solar-plus-storage package.
“We chose Enel X because they pair their hardware solutions with industry-leading software,” said Matt Kaufmann, VP of Energy Storage and EV Charging, DSD. “Their software platform creates flexibility for any typical asset integration, but this project showed the power of that software. And it was unique in that Enel X is also able to help control existing generators at the site that needed a response platform.”
Storage for a Larger Renewable Offset
DSD first looked to Enel X to add storage to the solar system. By adding energy storage, instead of needing to curtail excess generation, Mauna Loa could store that solar energy for later use to further reduce emissions with affordable clean energy. The customer would have a greater renewable energy offset.
Enel X has extensive experience in energy storage—as of March 2022, Enel X has completed over 130 storage projects in North America. The Enel X solution (hardware+software) easily integrated with DSD Renewables’ solar system, making this a winning partnership.
Long-Term, Ongoing Optimization with DER.OS
Enel X’s intelligent storage solution, DER.OS, leverages best-in-class forecasting and optimization to automate storage operations. DER.OS learns consumption behaviors and uses information like customer tariffs, available value streams, and battery degradation costs to determine the best strategy for employing the storage asset.
Enel X works with partners and customers to tailor the optimization criteria to achieve the customer’s primary objectives. For Mauna Loa, the battery system will maximize self-consumption of solar and create bill savings for the customer through demand charge management and energy arbitrage.
Adding Existing Assets to DER.OS
Mauna Loa already had generators at their facility to ensure resiliency in the face of any grid disruption. The company wanted to be sure that these would be able to be smoothly integrated with the solar and storage additions.
With DER.OS, the generators, solar and storage are now all controlled in one place. The operations of these assets are automated, but if the customer wants to manually toggle between the solar and their generator, they have the flexibility to do that.
Powered 100% by Renewable Energy
This project was a great opportunity for DSD and Enel X to apply our expertise in solar and storage development. It’s exciting to be a part of this momentous project, and Enel X was a great partner to help Mauna Loa more effectively leverage solar and further reduce its environmental footprint.
Chief Commercial Officer at DSD
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