By Pacific Island Times News Staff
IP&E, which operates Shell stations in Guam, Saipan and Palau, today announced the completion of its first microgrid – a self-sufficient energy system – at its Upper Tumon Shell Station.
IP&E said the project represents the energy provider’s commitment to creatingsustainable energy solutions for Guam.
The microgrid is powered by 480 solar panels and a 588kwh Energy Storage System. It produces 199.2kW of energy to power the entire Shell Fuel Station and Foody’s Convenience Store located on Marine Corps Drive across from John F. Kennedy High School. This is Guam’s first commercial site operating off of the island power grid.
“This is an extremely exciting project for us. Globally, Shell is investing in lower-carbon technology, including renewables, new mobility options, and interconnected power business," said Brian Bamba, managing director of IP&E. IP&E will continue to add to its energy offerings, including power generation, monitoring, and management.
"In line with this, we are bringing these energy solutions to our community. We look forward to providing renewable energy to more businesses for a more sustainable future,” he added.
IP&E said it is committed to reducing the company’s carbon footprint within its operations as well. Energy-efficient LED lighting and programmable thermostats that reduce energy consumption have been installed in the Shell Station Network in Guam since 2018.
In April 2021, all Guam Foody’s Stores and Shell Shops discontinued the distribution of single-use plastic bags. Foody’s and Shell Shops have reusable bags in two sizes available for only one dollar for all shoppers.