Long-term, ongoing optimization with DER.OS
Enel’s intelligent storage solution, DER.OS, leverages best-in-class forecasting and optimization to automate storage operations. DER.OS learns consumption behaviors and uses information like customer tariffs, available value streams, and battery degradation costs to determine the best strategy for employing the storage asset.
Enel works with partners and customers to tailor the optimization criteria to achieve the customer’s primary objectives. For Mauna Loa, the battery system will maximize self-consumption of solar and create bill savings for the customer through demand charge management and energy arbitrage.
Adding existing assets to DER.OS
Mauna Loa already had generators at their facility to ensure resiliency in the face of any grid disruption. The company wanted to be sure that these would be able to be smoothly integrated with the solar and storage additions.
With DER.OS, the generators, solar and storage are now all controlled in one place. The operations of these assets are automated, but if the customer wants to manually toggle between the solar and their generator, they have the flexibility to do that.
The result: powered 100% by renewable energy
As a result, Mauna Loa’s processing plant in Kea’au will now be powered by 100% renewable energy. By using this solar and battery storage system, Mauna Loa will avoid over 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year.
“This project was a great opportunity for DSD and Enel to apply our expertise in solar and storage development,” says Eric Pollock, Chief Commercial Officer at DSD. “It’s exciting to be a part of this momentous project, and Enel was a great partner to help Mauna Loa more effectively leverage solar and further reduce its environmental footprint.”