SunPower to build 5 MW Hawaiian solar farm

13. October 2011 | Applications & Installations, Industry & Suppliers | By:  Becky Stuart

SunPower is set to build a five megawatt (MW) solar farm in Hawaii, after receiving the go ahead from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission to sell the generated electricity to the Hawaiian Electric Company.

A beach in Kalaeloa, Hawaii

The solar system will be located in Hawaii's Kalaeloa, in West Oahu. Image: TheGirlsNY.

The U.S.-based solar company will design, build and operate the system, which will be located in Kalaeloa, West Oahu.

The construction period is slated to last five months. It will commence, says SunPower, upon the receipt of applicable permits. When complete, the solar system is expected to be the first utility-scale project of its kind in the region.

Under the power purchase agreement, the price of the generated energy per kilowatt hour, says SunPower, will start at under 20 U.S. cents "and will initially escalate at a fixed rate before a price reduction during the second half of the contract."

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