NextEra plans 17 MW of solar for Hawaii

NextEra Energy, Inc. subsidiary, NextEra Energy Resources, LLC has said it will install a total of 17 MW of solar PV across three military bases on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. In addition to a ground-mounted plant, three solar carport systems and 10 rooftop solar systems will be installed using around 71,000 of Sharp’s PV modules.

In addition to installing the projects, NextEra will own and operate them. Site preparation is said to be underway, with construction slated to begin in February. Commercial operation, meanwhile, is expected to be reached by the end of 2016. The U.S. Navy will purchase all energy generated by the systems under a 25 year PPA.

Last month, REC brought Hawaii’s largest solar project online in Kaua’i, where renewable energy is expected to meet 38% of annual demand by the end of this year. The 12 MW plant is coupled with a 6 MW battery storage unit, which should help smooth integration PV into the grid.