The largest block of utility-scale solar power is online in Oahu, providing a centralized grid across the islands, according to PV Magazine.
Already a national leader in solar energy, the project represents a new approach to clean energy in Hawaii.
Rooftop solar installs and behind-the-meter projects are logical approaches to powering the islands. Clearway Energy Group, Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and other partners have announced that they have completed a 110MW system across three projects in Oahu. It’s the largest solar project ever created in Hawaii.
The project will account for three percent of the Hawaiian renewable portfolio standard goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. Hawaii is well on its way of reaching its ambitious 2045 goal as this project puts it at just above 30 percent.
Clearway is also working with local ranchers and their sheep. The livestock can help clear vegetation at the project sites to help manage overgrowth around the solar panels.
Power generated at the sites will be purchased by HECO over three separate 22-year power purchase agreements.
Hawaii’s ambition and innovation in the area of renewable energy are second to none. We are proud of the efforts, and the community-wide benefits of mixing utility-scale power with decentralized grids.
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