AES and KIUC open the biggest peak Load solar photovoltaic plant in the world



The AES Corporation and the Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) launched the Lāwa'i Solar and Energy Storage Project, the world's largest solar and storage operating system. The project, owned and operated by AES Distributed Energy, comprises a solar photovoltaic (PV) of 28 MW and a five-hour energy storage system of 100 MWh and will help Hawaii achieve its goal of achieving 100% renewable energy by 2045. The new PV peaker delivers approximately 11 percent of Kaua'i power, which makes the island more than 50% powered by renewables. 

When solar power is combined with battery-based energy storage, intermittent renewable generation can be converted into safe, reliable and high-quality power. The fully integrated Lāwa'i project eliminates the use of 3.7 million gallons of diesel per year while supporting three key energy distribution scenarios–it allows solar generation to supply the grid while charging the battery system, displays power stored in the battery system to the grid during peak demand periods and can simultaneously dispatch solar and battery power. 

Decreasing solar costs and using cases like this project will make similar systems the intelligent choice to leverage abundant renewable energy in many other parts of the world. AES is an early market leader in renewable energy, with solar + storage solutions representing half of the 128 MW under construction of AES Distributed Energy and more than 250 MW in late development. AES Distributed Energy is currently building an additional 19.3 MW solar + 70 MWh energy storage facility for KIUC on leased land from the United States. Defense Department at Pacific Missile Range Facility–Naval Base Barking Sands (PMRF). 

Andrés Gluski, President and Chief Executive Officer of AES, said: "Kaua'i has adopted an ambitious mandate for renewables and the Lāwa'i project will help reduce its dependence on fossil fuels while generating clean, reliable and affordable energy. As a power supplier to Hawaii for more than 25 years, we are honored to have been chosen by KIUC to show its commitment to a cleaner energy future for the state. We believe that this project represents a significant step forward in the wider era of renewables. 

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