AMID CARIBBEAN WATER AND ENERGY CRISIS, INOVATEUS SOLAR AND GE INSTALL OFF GRID SOLAR SYSTEM FOR CuisinArt RESORT
Innovative solar generation system powers resort’s reverse osmosis water plant while reducing energy costs; sets standard for other Caribbean islands and resorts
South Bend, Indiana, March 25 2015—Inovateus Solar announced today that it has completed the installation of a 1.0-megawatt (MW) solar power generation plant for the CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla, BWI, an island in the Caribbean east of Puerto Rico.
The solar power system uses a battery backup system to store energy, providing an uninterruptible ability to supply energy to the Reverse Osmosis (RO) plant throughout the day – and create potable solar water to the residents on the island, guests of the resort and irrigation water for the golf course.
The project has been designed such that it remains completely separate from the grid but with the facility of reconnecting part loads in a discretionary way, to continue to desalinate outside solar production hours. For those hours when the sun is down, it depends on the local utility, Anguilla Electricity Company Ltd. (Anglec).
Anguilla recently joined the Carbon War Room 10-Island Challenge to reduce the Caribbean carbon impact and Inovateus and CuisinArt are pleased to be the only significant positive step into renewables. The new solar plant saves 1.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually.
“The payback on this project will immediately save CuisinArt hundreds of thousands of dollars,” says Peter Rienks of Inovateus. “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.”
Fresh water scarcity is a global issue, and is particularly acute in the Caribbean islands. Utilizing solar power to convert salt water to potable water for human consumption is an important concept that must be promoted worldwide, according to Rienks.
According to Rory Purcell, the resort’s Chief Engineer, “We know that this initiative is viable and secure. It is a proven strategy to penetrate the national demand with renewable energy far in excess of the usual grid tied limits. PV is a low environmental impact source, designed to withstand Category 5 hurricanes, low flying objects and poorly directed golf balls, it has a low maintenance requirement with a life expectancy in excess of 25 years. This technology is available to all who are interested and can transform the economies and quality of life for so many similar societies,” Purcell says. The reduced energy cost represents significant savings for the Resort and is a standard setting example to other Caribbean islands and resorts that operate in the region and across the world.
Located adjacent to the resort’s reverse osmosis plant, the solar array supports the plant’s daily capacity of 1.25 million gallons of fresh water. The water supply services the 130-key CuisinArt Resort featuring an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Golf Course, the new 80-key Reef Hotel, an award-winning spa and six full-service restaurants. CuisinArt also operates hydroponic and organic farms, a 500,000 square foot residential estate, and irrigation systems for extensive landscaping and the 285-acre golf course.
GE was Inovateus’s partner on the project. "GE is happy to be part of the CuisinArt Resort solar project. CuisinArt and Conair have set a sustainable precedent for photovoltaic water purification throughout the world, says Peter Foss, GE. With GE's wide variety of products available we were able to find the best solution to fit their needs. We congratulate CuisinArt on being forward thinkers and pushing the envelope. Not only will the project have a great return on investment, it will also help reduce the island’s dependence on fossil fuels and help create a cleaner environment for generations to come.”
The project was designed and installed by CuisinArt and Inovateus and ably supported by SwitchLogix and PDE Total Energy Solutions.
Inovateus Solar strives to provide the best solar integrated system to our customers by harnessing free energy from the sun. Our passion for solar and energy independence allows us to find the best solution and adapt quickly to changing technology. We do this by managing our business with integrity and the highest ethical standards, while acting in an environmentally responsible manner. With headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, we place a particular emphasis on the well being of our teammates and the communities we serve. www.inovateus.com
ABOUT CUISINART GOLF RESORT & SPA
CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, is a five-star beachfront resort on the pristine Caribbean island of Anguilla. The resort’s whitewashed architecture, inspired by the Greek island of Mykonos, creates a visually stunning contrast against sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Featuring an 18-hole Greg Norman Signature golf course, the expansive Venus Spa, world-class culinary offerings including the exclusive Chef’s table and the world’s first resort-based hydroponic farm, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa provides an unrivaled luxury Caribbean experience. For more information on CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa or to make reservations, please call (800) 943-3210, visit www.cuisinartresort.com or follow us on Facebook.
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. The Company is led by Thomas Hodge, (BSc.Eng; MBA), a mechanical engineer with extensive experience in Industrial and Commercial energy systems. His experience includes almost 20 years in power utility operations, analysis and power system planning, generation project management, executive management and renewable energy integration.
ABOUT PDE TOTAL ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Established in 1990, PDE has demonstrated success in managing complex critical power projects. 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. PDE’s solutions integrate diverse technologies to maximize energy savings, reliability and security options for its clients.
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