Hawaiian Electric picks developers for solar projects

Hawaiian Electric has selected seven solar projects for its Community-Based Renewable Energy Program, which aims to lower electric bills for low- and moderate-income customers who can’t afford rooftop solar. private property.

The company, through a competitive bidding process, selected Nexamp Solar for the seven “shared solar” projects.

On Oahu, Nexamp is working with Melink Solar Development on a 6-megawatt shared project to be built off Kaukonahua Road. Nexamp was also selected for three projects in Maui totaling up to 8 MW plus batteries, and three other projects on the island of Hawaii totaling up to 9 MW plus batteries.

Nexamp, a Boston-based national clean energy company, expects to finance, build and operate the seven projects, which are expected to come online in 2025.

Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp, said in a press release that the company’s proven track record as a long-term owner and operator has made it a trusted partner in hundreds of communities and that the Hawaii projects will help the state to advance towards its decarbonisation objectives. . In online project descriptions, Nexamp also said it also planned to use local labor at prevailing wages for ongoing construction and maintenance.

“Dedicated to low- and moderate-income residents, each of these shared solar projects will ensure equal access to participate and reduce their electricity costs while reducing the islands’ reliance on fossil fuels,” Ashi said. “We look forward to making our popular community solar program and other consumer decarbonization services available to all Hawaii residents in the coming years.”

Hawaiian Electric issued a request for proposals to developers in March for its shared solar program, also known as community-based renewable energy.

The program offers customers who cannot install their own rooftop solar (because they rent or live in an apartment) the opportunity to sign up for a solar project to lower their electricity bills and reduce their carbon emissions .

Developers build a solar facility, which is available on Hawaiian Electric’s CBRE portal, and then eligible customers can become subscribers to receive credits on their monthly electric bill, based on output and level of participation They will need to apply directly to the subscriber organization on the island where the facility is located.

Hawaiian Electric said it considered cost and community outreach during the evaluation process. In a press release issued this week, the company said it will now work on finalizing 20-year contracts with Nexamp and Melink for the seven shared solar projects.

Partners of the ‘Shared Solar’ project

Oahu

>> Kaukonahua Solar: 6 megawatts (solar only)

Maui

>> Solar Lipoa: 3 MW plus battery

>> Makawao Solar: 2.5 MW plus battery

>> Piiholo Road Solar: 2.5 MW plus battery

Island of Hawaii

>> Kalaoa Solar A: 3 MW plus battery

>> Kalaoa Solar B: 3 MW plus battery

>> Naalehu Solar: 3 MW plus battery

Visit hawaiianelectric.com/sharedsolar for more information.

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