Maui’s second large-scale photovoltaic solar project came online this week in Lahaina, the Maui Electric Company said.
The Ku‘ia Solar project, which is owned by Kenyon Energy, is offering up to 2.87 megawatts of solar power to Maui’s electric grid at a cost of about $.11 a kilowatt-hour, the utility said in a press release.
Maui Electric does not take a profit from the purchased power and is passing the savings onto Maui customers.
The solar project sits on 10.85 acres of land owned by Kamehameha Schools.
The county’s first large-scale solar project, South Maui Renewable Resources, came online in May and is also run by Kenyon Energy, a developer, owner and operator of solar energy projects in the United States.
Maui’s energy portfolio currently consists of 34 percent renewable energy, ahead of the state’s goal of 30 percent renewable energy by 2020.
In June 2017, Maui Electric reached a peak of 77 percent of its power coming from renewable energy resources, the utility said.