Co-founders Leo Caires and Fred Brown of Maui-based Gen-X Energy have completed their first microgrid project for a more than 400-acre agriculture operation in Hawaii.
A remote farming operation on the Big Island is benefiting from a commercial-scale water pumping system. It uses wind power and a grid-forming inverter, battery bank and PLC-based supervisory controls, all housed in a 20-foot container, also known as Skygrid Energy.
According to an announcement, microgrid development marks a growing trend of maximizing renewable energy and load control on site. Microgrid development avoids the requirement of excess renewable generation, energy loss via lengthy transmission and excess curtailment that is common among larger utility systems.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy and private investment, Gen-X Energy Development LLC plans to replicate and deploy the scalable microgrid solution throughout Hawaii and globally.
Gen-X Energy was formed in 2009 in Hawaii to create innovative renewable energy solutions for commercial and utility-scale customers. The microgrid, Skygrid Energy, is an alternative operating platform system developed by Gen-X.
Hotel on list. Honua Kai Resort & Spa is on Expedia's 2013 Insiders' Select List for a third year in a row, according to an announcement. This year, the resort ranked 47th in the Top 100 Hotels category. The list recognizes the top-ranked hotels available on Expedia sites worldwide, as judged by more than 1 million annual guest reviews. The hotel is on Kaanapali's North Beach.
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