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Oahu's largest solar PV project dedicated today

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:10 p.m. HST, Mar 08, 2013

Oahu’s largest solar energy project was dedicated at ceremony today in Kalaeloa.

The 5-megawatt facility developed by SunPower Corp. on 36 acres of state land began feeding power in to Hawaiian Electric Co’s grid in December.

HECO will buy the power produced by the solar farm under a fixed-price contract for 20 years. The utility will pay an average of 22.03 cents a kilowatt hour over the life of the contract.

Energy generated over 20 years will be the equivalent to eliminating the consumption of approximately 400,000 barrels of oil that otherwise would be burned to generate electricity, according to a news release from SunPower.

The project is the largest solar energy facility on Oahu. The largest solar energy project in Hawaii is a 6-kilowatt facility developed by Alexander & Baldwin on Kauai.

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jrboi96786 wrote:
thats good. i think soon we should require all new houses and any other buildings to be build should have PV installed that could generate at least 25% of their electric needs during the day and then eventually the rest of the houses in Hawaii would follow.
on March 8,2013 | 01:00PM
berrygood wrote:
Right now I believe there is a 15% cap on solar for any given area..I don't think HECO could stand the lack of revenue and continue to operate..I wish there was an answer to that one..I have solar and for Hawaii it's a no brainer..Although the state is cutting back on solar credits to a point..There will have to be a way for HECO to continue to operate and solar to be let loose on Oahu to make this all work..It'll be interesting to see how it all developes
on March 8,2013 | 02:26PM
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