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U.S. Virgin Islands get a renewable energy boost

Dec. 12, 2023
Honeywell will provide VIElectron its first installment of BESS for six solar parks strategically positioned across St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John

To boost decarbonization efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Honeywell will provide VIElectron, a CB Loranger company, its first installment of battery energy storage solutions (BESS) for six solar parks strategically positioned across St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John. When completed, the solar array and BESS will boost the islands’ decarbonization efforts by providing 30% of its energy from renewable sources.

CB Loranger is a Marion, Mass.-based renewable energy developer. 
“Honeywell is committed to helping our customers achieve their energy targets and decarbonization goals,” said Pramesh Maheshwari, president of Honeywell Process Solutions. “This renewable project is an example of how sustainable technologies are reducing the cost of energy for the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands and worldwide.”
The solution will enable VIElectron to not only install solar panels on the islands, but also smooth out the energy peaks and valleys associated with solar power.
“As we embark on a transformative journey toward renewable energy, Honeywell’s battery-storage expertise aligns seamlessly with our vision,” said U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Albert Bryan Jr. “It propels us closer to our goal of achieving 30% renewable energy consumption in the U.S. Virgin Islands, fostering a cleaner and greener energy ecosystem.”
The 124 MWh BESS includes an end-to-end battery management system that delivers advanced energy controls with an integrated safety system. These capabilities will enable the U.S. Virgin Islands to forecast and optimize energy usage and costs, ultimately providing more affordable and clean energy to its residents through the 140 MW DC solar array.

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Len Vermillion is editor-in-chief of Control.