Hawaiian Electric has chosen seven photo voltaic initiatives on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui to be the primary on every island to supply the shared photo voltaic program (often known as community-based renewable vitality or CBRE) to assist decrease the electrical payments of consumers who meet low- and moderate-income (LMI) ranges and are unable to put in privately-owned rooftop photo voltaic.
A aggressive bidding analysis course of, which accounted for the price of the initiatives in addition to non-price elements together with group outreach, was used to judge the proposals. On Oahu, the 6 MW Kaukonahua Photo voltaic shared photo voltaic LMI mission co-developed by Nexamp Photo voltaic and Melink Photo voltaic Growth was chosen.
On Hawaii Island and Maui, three initiatives on every island had been chosen, all of that are being developed by Nexamp Photo voltaic. Subsequent, Hawaiian Electrical will work with the chosen builders to finalize the 20-year contracts. On Maui, there will likely be photo voltaic+battery storage initiatives with Lipoa Photo voltaic (3 MW), Makawao Photo voltaic (2.5 MW) and Piiholo Street Photo voltaic (2.5 MW). On Hawaii Island, the photo voltaic+storage initiatives are with Kalaoa Photo voltaic A (3 MW), Kalaoa Photo voltaic B (3 MW) and Naalehu Photo voltaic (3 MW).
As soon as the initiatives can be found on Hawaiian Electrical’s CBRE Portal, LMI prospects – together with those that are renters and residence residents – could grow to be “subscribers” to a facility on their respective island. As soon as the initiatives are constructed and on-line, the subscribers obtain credit on their month-to-month electrical energy invoice based mostly on their stage of participation within the following initiatives:
In March 2022, the request for proposals was opened for builders, firms, organizations or teams to grow to be a “subscriber group” of shared photo voltaic initiatives for LMI prospects. The LMI shared photo voltaic initiatives are anticipated to be on-line in 2025.
“Our confirmed monitor report as a long-term proprietor/operator has made us a trusted accomplice in a whole bunch of communities immediately and our seven new Nexamp initiatives in Hawaii will assist the state transfer towards its decarbonization targets,” says Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp. “Devoted to low- and moderate-income residents, every of those shared photo voltaic initiatives will guarantee equal entry to take part and decrease their electrical prices whereas decreasing the islands’ fossil gasoline dependence. We sit up for making our standard group photo voltaic program and different shopper decarbonization providers obtainable to all residents of Hawaii within the years forward.”