Kodiak, Alaska, April 10, 2012 — Xtreme Power Inc., developer power management and energy storage solutions, will install a 3 MW dynamic power resource 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 will use its real time control system to automatically respond to grid disturbances by absorbing or releasing real and reactive power instantly and accurately. This will help KEA realize savings in its operating costs by maximizing the wind energy generated at Pillar Mountain without sacrificing grid stability.
Xtreme Power’s experience with intelligent grid-scale power management solutions includes 22 MW of installed systems for utilities, renewable energy developers, and microgrid operators, with an additional 55 MW 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.