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MicroPlanet Smart Grid Technology Deployed at US Marines Corps Base

Tue, 05/26/2009 - 8:10am
SEATTLE, WA, /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MicroPlanet, (www.microplanet.com) a smart grid, energy conservation company, announces the deployment of MicroPlanet's smart grid technology at US Marines Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, to save energy and extend equipment life.

The first MicroPlanet 3-Phase system at the US Marines Corps Base is expected to be delivered in the third quarter of 2009.

A pilot program of MicroPlanet's system was conducted at the K-Bays Lanes bowling center Marines Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay. "For a number of years the K-Bay Lanes building 1666 had very high maintenance costs due to power quality problems. Most of the equipment in the facility is controlled by computers, like the lighting systems, pin setters and scoring consoles," said Bruce Lisanti CEO of MicroPlanet.

"After MicroPlanet installed its system, the bowling center reported a major decline in the number of equipment failures in 2008 from the same period in 2007, as well as substantially reduced electricity usage. By lowering maintenance expenses and reducing energy consumption, the system we are installing at K-Bay for the Marines is expected to have a payback of less than 2 years."

"As we move into an era with more renewable energy when solar and wind generation are being added to the power grid, these renewable sources do not always deliver power consistently, which can lead to fluctuations on the grid and a decrease in the quality and stability of power delivered to customers", said Lisanti.

"MicroPlanet's smart grid technology improves power quality at the point of delivery and dynamically raises or lowers and balances incoming voltage to optimal and constant desired set point. MicroPlanet 3-Phase voltage management systems are an important part of the new Smart Grid."

Lisanti continues, "Given the success of pilot program, the Marines Base's facility manager and MicroPlanet are conducting a survey of the entire US Marines Corps Base at Kaneohe Bay and are looking at facilities in Guam, to potentially deploy MicroPlanet's voltage management systems on many of these commercial and residential buildings as a cost effective way to save energy, improve power quality and reduce greenhouse emissions."

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