Hawaii island launches smart home, efficiency and clean energy project


In Hawaii, Koa’e Workforce Housing has signed a power purchase agreement with Internet of Energy solutions firm EnSync.

The deal includes the implementation of integrated energy efficiency and smart home initiative on the island of Kauai.

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EnSync is providing its smart home energy systems, which will utilise peer-to-peer energy exchange and smart water heaters to optimise energy efficiency and utilisation of solar across the community.

The smart home system will include a 516KW rooftop solar, 603KWh of energy storage and smart home energy communications, command and control platform.

The community comprises 23 buildings, with each household linked with all of the other residences in the property. Each household will be able to check and manage their energy generation and use independently.

This peer-to-peer energy exchange capability helps manage the impact of vacancy rates, time of day absences and unit level micro-loading effects in multi-unit properties or communities, facilitating energy efficiency across the network as a whole.

“The Koa’e community is the first announced deployment of our load control capability and the second for our True Peer-to-Peer energy exchange,” said Brad Hansen, CEO of EnSync Energy.

Craig Watase, president of Mark Development, added: “We are pleased to include the EnSync Smart Home in our project and bring the benefits of solar directly to affordable communities.”