Inovateus Solar completes unique project on Caribbean island

Inovateus Solar said April 1 that it has completed the installation of a 1-MW solar power plant for the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla, BWI, an island in the Caribbean east of Puerto Rico.

The solar system uses a battery backup system to store energy. This provides an uninterruptible supply of energy to the resort’s Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant throughout the day to create potable water to the residents on the island, guests of the resort and irrigation water for the golf course. The project has been designed to remain completely separate from the grid when needed, yet has the ability of reconnecting partial loads, to continue to desalinate water outside solar production hours. When the sun is down, the system depends on the local utility, Anguilla Electricity Co. Ltd. (Anglec).

Anguilla recently joined the Carbon War Room Ten Island Challenge to reduce the Caribbean carbon impact.

“The payback on this project will immediately save CuisinArt hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Inovateus Solar Project Manager Peter Rienks. “Even more important, it provides a solution to the global water crisis. This system could be duplicated on any island in any country around the world.”

General Electric (NYSE: GE) was involved from the inception in this project. “GE is happy to be part of the CuisinArt Resort solar project,” commented Peter Foss of GE. “CuisinArt and Conair have set a sustainable precedent for photovoltaic water purification throughout the world. With GE’s wide variety of products available we were able to find the best solution to fit their needs.”

The project was designed and installed by CuisinArt and Inovateus and supported by SwitchLogix and PDE Total Energy Solutions.

Inovateus Solar, based out of South Bend, Indiana, strives to provide the best solar integrated system to customers by harnessing free energy from the sun.

SwitchLogix is an Anguilla corporation providing mechanical and electrical engineering services, as well as project management for a variety of energy projects including stand alone and grid-tied solar, generator management, high voltage switchgear installation and maintenance, protection design and installation and building management systems.

Established in 1990, PDE offers a unique combination of experience in design/build/maintenance of critical DC power systems with expertise in advanced power systems, energy controls, renewable integration, EV charging systems, energy storage, energy efficiency, net-zero energy and microgrid design.

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