Solar Power Plants in the USA - Hawaii
Aiea High School
Location: HI
Operator: RC Energy Group
Configuration: 123 kW PV
Operation: 2012
System supplier: Conergy
EPC: Hawaii Pacific Solar
Quick facts: The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is partnering with Hawaii Pacific Solar, Conergy and RC Energy to complete PV installations at public schools on Oahu. The installation at Aiea HS is the first to complete. This has 522 modules attached to a Conergy SunTop mounting system. RC Energy owns, operates and maintains the system and has a PPA with DOE for electric production.

Photograph courtesy of Conergy
Posted 5 May 2012

Anahola
Location: HI
Operator: Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative
Configuration: 12 MW
Operation: 2015
System supplier: REC
EPC: REC
Quick facts: This SPP cost $54mn. It has 59,000 panels on a 60ac plot leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. Electricity output will cost about 12.5 cents/kWh. After 25yrs, the facility will revert to DHHL. Ground-breaking was in Jun 2014 and the project commissioned in Nov 2015.

Photograph courtesy of ABB
Posted 25 Jun 2016

Ford Island
Location: HI
Operator: U.S. Navy
Configuration: 309 kWp PV
Operation: 2005
System supplier: ??
EPC: PowerLight Corp
Quick facts: This system makes innovative use of an unused asset, the rooftop of Building 54, a historic aircraft hangar on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor. The solar array covers 31,000ft².

Photograph courtesy of PowerLight Corp
Posted 23 Nov 2005

Fujifilm Hawaii
Location: HI
Operator: Fujifilm North America Corp
Configuration: 320 kW PV
Operation: 2011
System supplier: Conergy
EPC: 21st Century Technologies
Quick facts: This rooftop installation has 1,455 PowerPlus modules and is expected to supply 483 MWh annually. It was the first Conergy PowerPlus plant installed in North America, and was one of the top ten solar systems on Oahu at completion.

Photograph courtesy of Conergy
Posted 15 May 2011

Koloa
Location: HI
Operator: Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative
Configuration: 12 MW
Operation: 2014
System supplier: ??
EPC: SolarCity
Quick facts: This $40mn SPP went online in Aug 2014 as the largest PV plant in the state. It has 45,000 panels installed on 67ac leased from Grove Farm.

Photograph courtesy of Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative
Posted 10 Feb 2016

La'Ola
Location: HI
Operator: Castle & Cooke
Configuration: 1.2 MWp PV
Operation: 2009
System supplier: SunPower Corp
EPC: SunPower Corp, Keo Construction, Hawaii Island Diggers
Quick facts: In Jan 2009, this PV plant was dedicated and became the largest solar farm in Hawaii. The site is in Lanai’s southern section and has 7,400 tilting panels on 10ac of former pineapple land. Construction on the $19mn facility started in Nov 2007. Castle & Cooke has a 25yr PPA with Maui Electric with tariffs of 27¢/kWh for the first 10yrs, 30¢/kWh for the second 10yrs, and 33¢/kWh for the last 5yrs, significantly less than typical Lanai electricity from diesel gensets which costs over 50¢/kWh. C&C owns 98% of the island and employs about 85% of its 3,200 residents. Completion was delayed by 8mos to work out permitting problems with the land's agricultural designation, which prohibited the construction of a solar farm.

Photograph courtesy of Sandia National Lab
Posted 13 Mar 2010

   
NELHA Gateway
Location: HI
Operator: Hawaii Electric Light Co
Configuration: 2 X 20 kWp PV
Operation: 2004
System supplier: BP Solar, Sharp
EPC: Endecon Engineering, Rising Sun Solar, Renewable Energy Services, Hirayama Bros
Quick facts: The Gateway Energy Center systems were installed by HELCO and NELHA to promote renewable energy technologies. There is a 20kW system on the Outreach Center and a second 20kW system on the laboratory buildings in the foreground. Each system provides power directly to the HELCO grid and there is no battery backup.

Photograph courtesy of Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA)
Posted 23 Mar 2005

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 25-Jun-2016

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