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New solar farm celebrated on Ewa plain

Developers of the 42-megawatt Kupono Solar project held a ceremony Thursday recognizing the completion of the facility, which began commercial service June 7 and also has batteries capable of storing four days worth of electricity produced by the roughly 120,000 solar panels on 131 acres of land leased from the Navy.

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A view of some of the thousands of solar panels at Kupono Solar Farm. Kupono is the largest solar-plus-battery storage facility on Oahu, with its thousands of solar panels promising to deliver renewable energy to power 10,000 Oahu homes as well as the reduction of more than 50,000 tons of CO2 annually.
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A view of some of the thousands of solar panels at Kupono Solar Farm.
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Meredith Berger, assistant secretary of the Navy, left, and Eleanor Rolark, director secretary of the Ewa Beach Lions Club Foundation, explore some of the thousands of solar panels during a dedication ceremony for Kupono Solar Farm.
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A view of some of the thousands of solar panels at Kupono Solar Farm.
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A view of some of the thousands of solar panels at Kupono Solar Farm.
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A view of some of the thousands of solar panels at Kupono Solar Farm.
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Jason Smith, senior vice president of Ameresco, speaks on Thursday.
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Jason Smith, senior vice president of Ameresco, speaks on Thursday.
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Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco, fifth from left, unravels a maile lei with Meredith Berger, assistant secretary of the Navy, fourth from left, during a dedication ceremony.
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Meredith Berger, assistant secretary of the Navy, speaks on Thursday.
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U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Sohaney, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, speaks on Thursday.
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Shelee Kimura, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric, speaks on Thursday.
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Andrew Sugg, chief of staff for Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi, speaks on Thursday.
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Eleanor Rolark, director secretary of the Ewa Beach Lions Club Foundation, speaks on Thursday.
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Sen. Kurt Fevella speaks on Thursday.
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From left, State Sen. Troy Hashimoto, State Sen. Michelle Kidani and Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco, and State Sen. Kurt Fevella pose for a photo after presenting Bulgarino with a Senate proclamation.
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Nicole Bulgarino, executive vice president of Ameresco, speaks during a dedication ceremony for Kupono Solar Farm.
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Kahu Kordell Kekoa performs a blessing during a dedication ceremony for Kupono Solar Farm.
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A view of some of the thousands of solar panels at Kupono Solar Farm.
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A view of some of the thousands of solar panels at Kupono Solar Farm.
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Battery structures are seen during a dedication ceremony for Kupono Solar Farm.
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A view of some of the thousands of solar panels at Kupono Solar Farm.
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Kahu Kordell Kekoa, right, performs a blessing over guests during a dedication ceremony for Kupono Solar Farm.
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Kahu Kordell Kekoa, right, performs a blessing over guests during a dedication ceremony for Kupono Solar Farm.
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Kahu Kordell Kekoa performs a blessing during a dedication ceremony for Kupono Solar Farm.
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Kahu Kordell Kekoa performs a blessing during a dedication ceremony for Kupono Solar Farm.
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Jason Smith, senior vice president of Ameresco, left, talks with U.S. Navy Capt. Mark Sohaney near solar panels.

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