Xtreme Power Chosen for Alaska's First Utility-Scale Wind Farm
April 11, 2012
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Xtreme Power Inc. recently announced an agreement with the Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) to install a 3
MW DPR on its Pillar Mountain Wind Project. Completed in 2009, Pillar Mountain is
Alaska's first utility-scale wind farm and currently provides nearly 10 percent of the
power in KEA's generation portfolio.
To take advantage of this lower-cost alternative to diesel power generation, KEA made
the decision to expand Pillar Mountain to a total capacity of 9 MW. However, the
intermittent nature of wind power on this scale can create grid instability issues, leading
KEA to explore energy storage and power management options.
The Dynamic Power Resource is designed to leverage its real time control system to automatically
respond to grid disturbances by absorbing or releasing real and reactive power instantly
and accurately. This is intended to help KEA realize significant savings in its operating costs by
maximizing the wind energy generated at Pillar Mountain without sacrificing grid stability.
"We were drawn to Xtreme Power for its proven performance in renewable rich grid
environments and sought to bring this same stability assurance to our Pillar Mountain
Wind Project," said Darron Scott, President and CEO of the Kodiak Electric Association.
"The XP team assessed Pillar Mountain's energy storage needs to develop a Dynamic
Power Resource system that enhances grid operations while adhering to KEA's financial
targets. Together, we are furthering KEA's goal of reaching 95 percent renewable power
generation by 2020."
Xtreme Power's experience with intelligent grid-scale power management solutions
includes 22 megawatts of installed systems for utilities, renewable energy developers,
and microgrid operators, with an additional 55 megawatts of systems to be installed by
the end of this year. The DPR on the Pillar Mountain Wind Project will be completed in
Q4 of 2012.
Source: Xtreme Power
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