SunPower plans to begin construction this year and complete the solar farm within five months, if the final go ahead is given from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, and other approvals are awarded. It will be located on 40 acres of land leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
The power will be sold to the Hawaiian utility under a fixed price contract for 20 years, if the purchase power agreement – currently before the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission – is granted.
"We welcome this agreement for another solar facility for Oahu, part of our continuing effort to get as much renewable energy on our island grid as possible," says Robbie Alm, Hawaiian Electric executive vice president.
"Hawaii already leads the nation in solar watts per person, much of it generated by customer-sited roof-top PV arrays. This and other large-scale projects will increase our solar leadership and help us meet our clean energy goals."