The Maui News
New renewable energy storage systems have been installed at Maui County’s HI-5 redemption centers, most of which are not connected to the grid and depend on solar power.
Maui-based HiVE Energy Systems installed the units, which replaced the old lead-acid battery banks at three of Aloha Recycling’s four neighborhood facilities.
The new HiVE 8-kilowatt battery runs in combination with solar PV. Each HiVE battery is projected to store 16 million kWh over its lifetime.
Each battery costs approximately $8,000, said Trip Lynch, marketing director for HiVE parent company HNU Energy.
Locally owned Aloha Recycling has contracted with the county since November 2011 to provide HI-5 redemption centers at the county’s neighborhood recycling locations at UH-Maui College and in Haiku, Makawao and Kihei, a recent HiVE news release said.