KITTY HAWK, N.C. (WAVY) — Dozens of dignitaries and Dominion North Carolina Power officials gathered in Kitty Hawk office Friday to dedicate the company’s first renewable power grid.
Company spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris said the MicroGrid research project enables Dominion’s Kitty Hawk location to generate its own on-site renewable energy. It includes four wind turbines and ground-mounted solar panels to generate electricity, and then it has a battery storage system to hold it.
“The wind doesn’t always blow, the sun doesn’t always shine, so we will be looking at how to use the battery power to complement other technologies,” said Mary Doswell, senior vice president-Retail & AES. “We are excited about the technology lab we have here and that the public will be part of it.”
Dominion hopes the project will help them develop similar technology at other locations. They’ve set up kiosks at the Kitty Hawk office as well as at Kitty Hawk Town Hall and Kitty Hawk Elementary School so that the public can check out the performance of the system.
Billingsley Harris said it’s a one-of-a-kind system because of the blend of wind, solar and battery power.