Hawaiian Electric Chooses Seven Group Solar Initiatives on Three Islands

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Hawaiian Electric has chosen seven solar tasks on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui to be the primary on every island to supply the shared solar program (often known as community-based renewable energy or CBRE) to assist decrease the electrical payments of consumers who meet low- and moderate-income (LMI) ranges and are unable to put in privately-owned rooftop solar.

A aggressive bidding analysis course of, which accounted for the price of the tasks in addition to non-price elements together with group outreach, was used to judge the proposals. On Oahu, the 6 MW Kaukonahua Solar shared solar LMI challenge co-developed by Nexamp Solar and Melink Solar Development was chosen.

On Hawaii Island and Maui, three tasks on every island had been chosen, all of that are being developed by Nexamp Solar. Next, Hawaiian Electric will work with the chosen builders to finalize the 20-year contracts. On Maui, there shall be solar+battery storage tasks with Lipoa Solar (3 MW), Makawao Solar (2.5 MW) and Piiholo Road Solar (2.5 MW). On Hawaii Island, the solar+storage tasks are with Kalaoa Solar A        (3 MW), Kalaoa Solar B (3 MW) and Naalehu Solar (3 MW).

Once the tasks can be found on Hawaiian Electric’s CBRE Portal, LMI clients – together with those that are renters and house residents – could grow to be “subscribers” to a facility on their respective island. Once the tasks are constructed and on-line, the subscribers obtain credit on their month-to-month electrical energy invoice primarily based on their degree of participation within the following tasks:

In March 2022, the request for proposals was opened for builders, firms, organizations or teams to grow to be a “subscriber organization” of shared solar tasks for LMI clients. The LMI shared solar tasks are anticipated to be on-line in 2025.

“Our proven track record as a long-term owner/operator has made us a trusted partner in hundreds of communities today and our seven new Nexamp projects in Hawaii will help the state move toward its decarbonization goals,” says Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp. “Dedicated to low- and moderate-income residents, each of these shared solar projects will ensure equal access to participate and lower their electric costs while reducing the islands’ fossil fuel dependence. We look forward to making our popular community solar program and other consumer decarbonization services available to all residents of Hawaii in the years ahead.”

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