New Oahu solar farm begins operations in Waiawa

New Oahu solar farm begins operations in Waiawa

A new solar farm with energy storage capabilities has begun operation in Waiawa, Hawaii.

The farm, which is owned and operated by Hawaiian Electric Company, has a capacity of 20 megawatts and is able to store up to 80 megawatt hours of energy. This allows the farm to continue producing electricity even when the sun is not shining.

The Waiawa Solar project was completed on lands owned by Kamehameha Schools. (Courtesy Clearway Energy Group)

The Waiawa Solar project is also expected to have a positive impact on the local economy. The project created approximately 150 jobs during the construction phase and is expected to continue to provide jobs for maintenance and operations. Additionally, the project is expected to bring in revenue for the state through the sale of the electricity it generates.

The Waiawa Solar project is not the only renewable energy project in Hawaii. The state is home to several wind farms, hydroelectric power plants, and other solar farms. Hawaiian Electric is also working on several other renewable energy projects, including the development of a large-scale battery energy storage system and the deployment of electric vehicle charging stations.

The Waiawa Solar project is an important step towards achieving Hawaii’s goal of 100% renewable energy. It also serves as an example for other states and countries looking to transition to renewable energy sources. As the cost of renewable energy continues to decrease, it is becoming increasingly viable as a source of electricity. With the addition of energy storage capabilities, renewable energy sources like solar can provide a reliable and sustainable source of electricity for communities.

The Waiawa Solar project is a shining example of how renewable energy can be effectively integrated into the grid and provide reliable, sustainable and clean energy to the community. The innovative solar farm will help Hawaii achieve its ambitious goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045, and it will also contribute to the local economy by creating jobs and bringing in revenue. This is a great example for other states and countries to follow as the world moves towards a cleaner and greener future.

The Waiawa Solar project is a part of Hawaiian Electric’s efforts to increase the state’s use of renewable energy and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Hawaii has set a goal to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045.