La Ola, Hawaii’s largest solar photovoltaic farm, is situated on a 10-acre site in south Lana’i on the Palawai Basin, and will provide 1.2MW of energy to the island. Satcon’s PowerGate Plus Spectrum micro-grid solution has been selected to power the plant, which is the first of its kind to be controlled remotely by a utility, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO).
Developed, coordinated and operated by Lanai Sustainability Research, LLC, through its managing member, Castle & Cooke Solar Management, LLC, the plant was designed and built by SunPower Corp. The solar farm brings the island some of the way towards having 70% of Hawaii’s energy needs come from clean sources by 2030. The generated power is channelled into the Maui Electric Company grid by Satcon’s Spectrum.
“The La Ola, Lanai’s Solar Farm, will offer visibility to utilities around the world about how to successfully integrate solar PV power plants into the grid at high penetration levels,” said Jean Wilson, Vice President and General Manager of Utilities and Power Plants at SunPower Corp. “Satcon’s inverters provide low voltage ride-through as well as the production and consumption of reactive power, both of which are crucial to grid operation in this application, as the solar farm will provide up to 30 percent of peak generation on Lana’i.”