This Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) project is being funded by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The objectives include planning, designing, and implementing a series of photovoltaic (PV) test beds for interconnection with various electric utilities in the State of Hawaii. Furthermore, HNEI will monitor the PV arrays installed in different micro-climate areas for performance, response to environmental changes, and interaction with the associated electric grid. In addition to HNEI, project partners include the Hawai‘i Electric Light Company (HELCO), ONR, and DOE. The initial effort is on the Big Island of Hawai‘i, but the intention is to utilize the monitoring results for application by other utilities on O‘ahu, Maui, and Kauai.
The primary HNEI contacts for this project are Richard Rocheleau and Larry Cutshaw. For more information concerning the project, see the PV Test Beds in the Micro-Climates of Hawaii pdf document. There are several other HNEI projects involving grid management efforts and for details see the Energy Storage, Grid Systems, and Hydrogen research sections of our website.