I recently highlighted a couple of big solar + storage projects that were given the go-ahead in Hawaii. Then I found out that these are two of 16 solar and energy storage projects just approved for development in the state.
One week ago, Hawaiian Electric posted details about these 16 projects. “The name, location, developer, technology, size and estimated completion dates are listed on the Hawaiian Electric renewable project status board at www.hawaiianelectric.com/statusboard as well as links to each project’s individual website. Each developer is responsible for ongoing outreach to their prospective neighboring communities, alerting them to plans and responding to concerns.” A table of the winners is at the bottom of this article, but here’s a quick summary of the 16 projects totaling 460 MW of solar power capacity and 3 GWh of storage capacity:
“The results are eight solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone-storage project on Oahu, three solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone-storage project on Maui, and two solar-plus-storage projects and one standalone-storage on Hawaii Island for a total of 460 megawatts of solar energy and nearly 3 gigawatt-hours of energy storage.”
Hawaiian Electric is required to reach 30% electricity from renewable energy by the end of this year, 2020, and these projects will help it get there. Altogether, they are expected to boost the renewable energy share in that grid by almost 7 percentage points.
Hawaiin Electric is required to reach 40% clean electricity by 2030, 70% by 2040, and 100% by 2045, but the utility expects to surpass those goals. One would hope so, given that solar and wind are already unbeatable for new power capacity and are beginning to outcompete electricity from existing and paid off fossil power plants.
Details on the 16 projects that just won contracts with Hawaiin Electric are below. Click on a project name for more details about it.
|Name||Island||Developer||Tech||Size||Est. Completion||RPS % Points|
|Kapolei Energy Storage||Oahu (Barbers Pt Harbor)||Energy Storage Resources LLC||BESS||185 MW, 565 MWh||2022||N/A|
|Kaukonahua Solar||Oahu (Waialua)||Kaukonahua Solar LLC||Solar + BESS||6 MW, 25.4 MWh (BESS)||2022||0.03|
|Keahole Battery Energy Storage||Hawaii Island (Kailua-Kona)||Hawaiian Electric Company||BESS||12 MW, 12 MWh||2022||N/A|
|Kupehau Solar||Oahu (Kunia)||Hanwha Energy USA Holdings Corp (174 Power Global)||Solar + BESS||60 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)||2022||1.2|
|Kupono Solar||Oahu (Ewa Beach)||Bright Canyon Energy||Solar + BESS||42 MW, 168 MWh (BESS)||2022||1|
|Mehana Solar||Oahu (Kalaeloa)||Onyx Development Group LLC||Solar + BESS||6.6 MW, 26.4 MWh (BESS)||2022||0.2|
|Barbers Point Solar||Oahu (Kapolei)||Innergex||Solar + BESS||15 MW, 60 MWh (BESS)||2023||0.4|
|Kahana Solar||Maui (Napili – Honokowai)||Innergex||Solar + BESS||20 MW, 80 MWh (BESS)||2023||0.7|
|Kamaole Solar||Maui (Kihei)||Pacific Green Ikehu LLC||Solar + BESS||40 MW, 160 MWh (BESS)||2023||1.3|
|Mahi Solar||Oahu (Kunia)||Longroad Development Company, LLC||Solar + BESS||120 MW, 480 MWh (BESS)||2023||3|
|Mountain View Solar||Oahu (Waianae)||AES Distributed Energy Inc||Solar + BESS||7 MW, 35 MWh (BESS)||2023||0.3|
|Puako Solar PV + Battery Storage||Hawaii Island (Puako, South Kohala)||ENGIE Development, LLC||Solar + BESS||60 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)||2023||1.8|
|Pulehu Solar||Maui (Pulehu)||Longroad Development Company, LLC||Solar + BESS||40 MW, 160 MWh (BESS)||2023||1.1|
|Waena BESS||Maui (Kahului)||Hawaiian Electric Company||BESS||40 MW, 160 MWh||2023||N/A|
|Waiawa Phase 2 Solar||Oahu (Waiawa)||AES Distributed Energy Inc||Solar + BESS||30 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)||2023||1.2|
|Waikoloa Village Solar + Storage||Hawaii Island (Waikoloa)||EDF Renewables Development, Inc.||Solar + BESS||60 MW, 240 MWh (BESS)||2023||1.8|
Featured photo courtesy Kapolei Energy Storage