Tesla Powerwalls is expected to operate a giant new virtual power plant designed by Swell Energy in Hawaii.
Besides solar power, the battery packs will create an 80MW / 100MWh distributed power system.
Virtual Power Station
A virtual power plant consists of connecting many small distributed energy assets, such as residential solar panel systems and home battery packs, and using them together to provide larger grid services.
By accumulating all this capacity, you can manage it more efficiently and possibly pull off fossil fuel plants faster.
This concept has become more and more popular in recent years with the advent of home battery packs such as the Tesla Powerwall.
One of the most popular virtual power plant projects is in South Australia Tesla announced that it has reached an agreement with the government to install solar arrays and Powerwalls on up to 50,000 homes.
Swell’s VPP with Tesla Powerwall in Hawaii
Swell Energy is a longtime Tesla install partner for Powerwall, and they already have several Virtual Power Plant (VPP) projects with Tesla Powerwalls in the pipeline.
The company today announced that it has reached the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) for a massive new VPP project:
Swell Energy, Inc. today announced that the Hawaiian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a $ 25 million contract with Hawaiian Electric to provide various grid services through a “virtual power plant” (VPP) on three islands. Energy, a California-based smart power and grid solutions provider, has deployed solar-powered home batteries that run behind a meter to nearly 6,000 residential customers to create a comprehensive VPP in Oahu, Maui and Hawaii. ”
Suleiman Khan, CEO of Swell Energy, commented on the announcement:
“An agreement of this size and scope was needed to support Hawaiian Electric’s clean energy goals across the three islands. Providing this level of capacity and additional services creates a new standard for virtual power plants and builds on Swell Energy’s deployments across the US mainland. Distributable energy resources from facilities and allows customers to save money and come together to form a more resilient network.
This new project will join Swell’s other VPP projects, such as those in Orange County, Santa Barbara and the Redwood Coast, which all also use Tesla Powerwalls, but are set to become the largest virtual power plant to date.
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