Large-scale solar project slated for ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii

Paniolo Power Company, a subsidiary of Parker Ranch, and Innergex renewable energy are developing a 30 MW solar project on the main island of Hawaii.

The Hale Kuawehi Solar Project will be one of the first large-scale solar farms on the Big Island, reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels and furthering the state-wide goal of producing 100% of our electricity from renewable energy sources by 2045. + storage facility will consist of 30 MWAC of photovoltaic panels on single-axis trackers plus 120 MWh of battery energy storage across approximately 300 acres, located near the Parker Ranch industrial park, off Mamalahoa Highway.

The Public Utilities Commission approved the 25-year power purchase agreement with Innergex in 2019 to provide electricity to Hawaiian Electric. The project will also generate nearly 20% of Hawaii’s base load electricity needs.

The Hale Kuawehi project is set to hit the ground running in early 2022 with a commercial operation date slated for the end of the year. The project will deliver multiple layers of community benefits and revenue through tax revenues for reinvestment in the island and job creation. Innergex is currently developing its community benefits package and conducting outreach to local non-profit organizations.

“We are excited to partner with Innergex to bring more renewable energy online for the island and state. This project aligns with our mission to support our beneficiaries and improve the quality of life in our community,” said Dutch Kuyper, president and CEO of Parker Ranch. “We look forward to sharing plans on additional renewable energy and sustainability initiatives that will further reduce fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, addressing the threats of climate change.”

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