Following a traditional Hawaiian blessing, Clearway Energy Group broke ground this morning with two utility-scale solar projects in Mililani and Waiawa, furthering the state’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. The 39 MW Mililani I Solar and 36 MW Waiawa Solar Power Sites will be combined with a combined storage of 300 MWh, becoming one of the first utility-scale battery storage and solar power plants on the island.
“Our continued focus on renewable energy in the State of Hawaii is key to rebuilding our local economy and improving energy reliability for a more resilient future,” said Government David Ige. “Thanks to Clearway and our partners, we can celebrate this important milestone together as we take another step toward our goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.”
“Hawaii has long led the country in climate solutions, and we are honored to continue to contribute to that mission with two new renewable energy sites in the state,” said Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway. “The addition of solar energy combined with storage on Oahu is an important step towards a clean, affordable and reliable power grid. We thank Hawaiian Electric, Kamehameha Schools, and many others for their continued collaboration to advance innovative energy projects and move Hawaii toward a zero-carbon economy. “
The two projects represent an investment of $ 280 million and will create more than 460 jobs with local unions during construction. Once completed, the sites are expected to contribute more than $ 10 million in taxes to the city and county.
This is Clearway’s second batch of renewable projects in Hawaii. In 2019, the company completed construction and commissioning of three utility-scale solar energy projects: a 45.9 MW site in Waipio and a 14.7 MW site in Mililani, both in downtown Oahu, and a 49 MW site in Kawailoa on the North Shore of Oahu. . Once Mililani I Solar and Waiawa Solar Power are completed, Clearway’s five solar energy projects totaling 185 MW will serve Hawaiian Electric’s power grid and generate enough electricity to power more than 45,500 homes in Oahu per year.
“Clearway has been an excellent partner for Hawaiian Electric in our drive to achieve our clean energy goals and their three ongoing projects have helped us achieve a renewable portfolio standard of 35% by 2020,” said Scott Seu, President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric. “Oversized storage projects like this one will help us decarbonise our energy system by reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels.”
The land of the Kamehameha Schools is home to renewable energy projects that produce more than 100 MW of clean energy statewide. Clearway’s project is one of two utility-scale solar energy projects that Kamehameha Schools is planning in Waiawa’s ahupua’a and, with Kawailoa Solar, the second developed by Clearway at ‘Ᾱina Pauahi.
Kamehameha Schools manages its land for resilience and abundance with a focus on reducing Hawaii’s reliance on fossil fuels, creating a renewable energy industry in Hawaii, and bringing āina-based learning and leadership pathways to our community as part of our mission to improve the well. -being of the indigenous Hawaiian people, ”said Kā’eo Duarte, vice president of Kamehameha Schools for Community & ‘Ᾱina Resiliency. “We are expanding our mahalo into Clearway as we are a valued partner on this journey to a clean, sustainable future.”
Upon completion, the Waiawa Project will contribute $ 200,000 to community benefits over the next several years, including an educational partnership with Blue Planet Foundation to develop renewable energy school curricula, as well as an annual mainland internship program with Kamehameha Schools students.
Construction of Mililani I Solar and Waiawa Solar Power is led by Moss and is expected to be completed in 2022.
“We look forward to working with the same great team again,” said Edwin Perkins, president of Moss Solar. “It’s worth seeing that our efforts to help Hawaii meet its 100% renewable energy target are paying off.”
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