The Moloka’i Microgrid Project focuses on improving power system operation with high penetration levels of distributed photovoltaics (PV) on a small electrically islanded microgrid.

Small electrically islanded power systems, such as on the island of Moloka’i with a peak demand of approximately 5.5 MW, can derive significant economic benefits from utilizing indigenous renewable energy resources such as wind and PV.  However, a relatively small number of distributed generation additions to the grid can quickly add up to a significant and impactful level of penetration on these small systems.  HNEI is working to design a stable microgrid system on Moloka’i that will serve as an example to other small systems throughout the world.

Point Person: Leon Roose