11 Jun 2024

Hawaiian Electric Says Maui's Largest Solar Facility Begins Operations

11 Jun 2024  by reuters   
Utility and power generation company AES Corporation (AES.N), opens new tab has started operations at Hawaii's largest solar facility on Maui, electricity provider Hawaiian Electric (HE.N), opens new tab said in a statement on Monday.

The Kuihelani Solar-plus-Storage is located on 450 acres in central Maui, and is producing 60 MW of renewable energy supported by a 240 MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system to supply 15% of Maui’s energy needs, the statement said.

AES Hawaii has a 25-year power purchase agreement with Hawaiian Electric starting from May 31, 2024, aiming to supply renewable energy to Maui's power network at a rate of 8 cents per kilowatt-hour.

The project also offsets the need to import two million barrels of oil to Maui for electricity generation, the statement added.

Hawaiian electric said in April it was prepared to initiate rolling blackouts due to decreased wind and solar power and the temporary loss of several large generators.


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