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Batteries put to test in PV plan

The technology could help utilities absorb more power and assist with grid stability

By Alan Yonan Jr.

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 05, 2014

~~<p>Hawaiian Electric Co. and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute are launching a project in a West Oahu neighborhood to see whether battery technology can be effectively used to open the utility's grid to greater amounts of solar power produced by rooftop photovoltaic panels.</p>
<p>The project, in a neighborhood with one of the island's highest concentrations of PV panels, is among three ventures being undertaken by HECO and HNEI statewide, investigating how battery technology can be used to overcome limits on the amount of intermittent renewable energy the state's electric utilities can accept.</p>
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Hawaiian Electric Co. and the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute are launching a project in a West Oahu neighborhood to see whether battery technology can be effectively used to open the utility's grid to greater amounts of solar power produced by rooftop photovoltaic panels.

The project, in a neighborhood with one of the island's highest concentrations of PV panels, is among three ventures being undertaken by HECO and HNEI statewide, investigating how battery technology can be used to overcome limits on the amount of intermittent renewable energy the state's electric utilities can accept. Login for more...



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