Go Electric today announced Parker Ranch, the largest cattle ranch in the state of Hawaii, has awarded the company a contract to design and construct a 400-kW microgrid. Located onsite at the Ranch in Waimea, Hawaii, the Go Electric system will serve as a key resource for energy resiliency while also supporting overall grid resiliency on the Big Island.
The microgrid services the cattle water pump operations at the Ranch and several small commercial activities located near the microgrid. The microgrid provides energy resiliency through distributed energy resources (DERs) including battery energy storage, a back-up diesel generator and Go Electric’s patented microgrid control technology. The microgrid will also integrate with PV being installed at the ranch.
Go Electric’s microgrid solution provides Parker Ranch with uninterruptible power supply, ensures that renewable energy resources safely operate during a grid outage, and can supply grid services to Hawaii Electric Light Company (HELCO) to enable better grid stability during peak demand or periods with grid frequency or voltage challenges.
“The Go Electric microgrid underpins the three major strategies at Parker Ranch – Energy, Agriculture and Community Development,” said Dutch Kuyper, President and CEO of Parker Ranch. “Through energy resiliency we’ll enable a sustainable future for the Ranch, the community, and the Big Island.”
“This microgrid is a unique nexus of energy, agriculture, and water,” said Lisa Laughner, CEO of Go Electric. “We are delighted to be part of Parker Ranch’s resiliency vision while contributing to the broader grid resiliency on the Big Island.”
News item from Go Electric