Hawaiian Electric Stage 1 and 2 Renewable Energy Projects

Intro

This webpage was created to increase public awareness, access to information, and opportunities for public input on the 20 utility-scale solar PV plus storage projects and utility-scale standalone storage projects being proposed on Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island to reach 100% renewable energy generation by 2045. In the near term, Hawaiian Electric is seeking these projects to retire: (1) by the end of 2022 as required by state law (Act 23, 2019) the state’s only coal-powered power plant which provides approximately 15% of Oahu’s energy, the 180-megawatt (MW) AES coal plant at Campbell Industrial Park; and, (2) by the end of 2024, the 38 MW oil-fired Kahului power plant in Kahului owned and operated by Hawaiian Electric which provides approximately 15% of Maui island’s firm power generation capacity.                                                                     CLICK HERE TO VIEW A MAP OF THE PROJECTS

Starting in 2017, Hawaiian Electric issued two Stages of competitive bidding for these projects. Stage 1 produced 8 utility-scale solar PV plus storage projects and Stage 2 produced to date 9 utility-scale solar PV plus storage projects and 3 utility-scale standalone storage projects. Of the 20 total projects in both Stages, 18 would be built, owned, and operated by private developers. Hawaiian Electric would build, own, and operate the Waena and Keahole battery storage projects. The 20 projects are proposed on Hawaii Island (4 projects), Maui (5 projects), and Oahu (11 projects). All 20 projects are estimated to be completed by the end of 2023, with many estimated to be completed in 2022 including all Stage 1 projects.

Widespread energy conservation and rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are necessary, but it will not get us to 100% renewable energy generation with a reliable electric grid. Many new utility-scale renewable energy projects are needed for Hawaii to generate 100% of its electrical power from locally sourced, indigenous renewable resources. Most of these projects will be needed on Oahu which in 2019 consumed approximately 71.25% of Hawaii’s overall electricity, followed by Maui Nui (Maui, Lanai, and Molokai) at 12.25%, Hawaii Island at 11.5%, and Kauai at 5%.

Each new utility-scale renewable energy project must be submitted to the PUC for review and decision. An individual PUC docket has been or will be created for each utility-scale renewable energy project listed on this website. The PUC docket process is in open forum that allows for public comment at any time in the proceeding. In addition, each project must obtain the requisite federal, state, and county permits and approvals, many of which offer opportunity for public comment. HSEO’s Renewable Energy Projects Directory and Hawaiian Electric’s Renewable Project Status Board provide additional information on these projects and other utility-scale projects now under development or construction, approved by the PUC, or awaiting PUC approval throughout Hawaii.

Opportunities to Provide Input and Learn More About the Projects

HSEO seeks to post public input opportunities for each project as they are announced.

Project Date / Time Event / Opportunity to Comment
Register / Submit Comments
Kupehau Solar Comments due by November 20, 2020 174 Power Global welcomes comments anytime before November 20, 2020, via the project website: https://kupehausolar.174powerglobal.com/contact-us/ https://kupehausolar.174powerglobal.com/contact-us/
Waiawa Phase 2 Solar Public comments due by November 25, 2020 AES Distributed Energy is continuing to gather feedback on a proposed solar project in Waiawa near the Ka Uka Blvd. exit of the H-2 Freeway. Email: [email protected]

In addition to the Stage 1 and 2 projects, Hawaiian Electric is seeking input on new solar projects proposed on Lanai and Molokai

Project Date / Time Event / Opportunity to Comment
Register / Submit Comments
Molokai Projects (2.5MW Solar Project near the Palaau Power Plant) December 2, 2020 / 5:30pm – 7:00pm Virtual Community Meeting: Presentation by Hawaiian Electric followed by audience questions. Questions can be sent in advance to: [email protected] http://www.webex.com/, Meeting Number: 146 449 2132, Password: 2qqQjCYmr52   — OR — http://www.facebook.com/hawaiianelectric
Lanai Projects (17.5MW Solar Project near the Miki Basin Power Plant) December 3, 2020 / 5:30pm – 7:00pm Virtual Community Meeting: Presentation by Hawaiian Electric followed by audience questions. Questions can be sent in advance to: [email protected] http://www.webex.com/, Meeting Number: 146 539 5042, Password: EvvdtFJG548   — OR — http://www.facebook.com/hawaiianelectric

Go to Stage 2 Solar PV Plus Storage Projects

Go to Stage 2 Standalone Storage Projects

Go to Relevant Links

Stage 1 Solar PV Plus Storage Projects

Project Name Developer Island Location Solar Power + Energy Storage Capacity
Tax Map Key
PUC Docket Information Links
AES Kuihelani Solar AES Distributed Energy, Inc. Maui Waikapu 60 MWac + 240 MWh Storage
(2)3-8-005:002,
(2)3-8-006:003
2018-0436
AES Waikoloa Solar
AES Distributed Energy, Inc. Hawaii Waikoloa 30 MWac + 120 MWh Storage
(3)6-8-002:050 2018-0430
AES West Oahu Solar
AES Distributed Energy, Inc. Oahu Kapolei 12.5 MWac + 50 MWh Storage (1)9-2-002:007 2019-0050 AES West Oahu Solar
Hale Kuawehi Solar
Innergex Renewable Energy, Paniolo Power
Hawaii Waimea 30 MWac + 120 MWh Storage
(3)6-7-001:025 2018-0432 Hale Kuawehi Solar
Hoohana Solar 1
174 Power Global, Hanwha Energy USA
Oahu Kunia 52 MWac + 208 MWh Storage
(1)9-4-002:052 2018-0431
Mililani I Solar
Clearway Energy Group
Oahu
Mililani
39 MWac + 156 MWh Storage (1)9-4-005:090,
(1)9-4-005:092,
(1)9-4-005:096,
(1)9-4-005:091
2018-0434
Paeahu Solar
Innergex Renewable Energy
Maui
Wailea
15 MWac + 60 MWh Storage (2)2-1-008:001 2018-0433
Paeahu Solar
Waiawa Solar Power Clearway Energy Group Oahu
Pearl City
36 MWac + 144 MWh Storage (1)9-6-004:024 2018-0435

Stage 2 Solar PV Plus Storage Projects

Project Name Developer Island Location Solar Power + Energy Storage Capacity
Tax Map Key
PUC Docket Information Links
Barbers Point Solar Innergex Oahu Kapolei 15 MWac + 60 MWh (1)9-1-013:038, (1)9-1-013:040 2020-0143 Barbers Point Solar
Kahana Solar Innergex Maui Napili-Honokowai 20 MWac + 80 MWh (2)4-3-001:017 2020-0142 Kahana Solar
Kupehau Solar 174 Power Global, Hanwha Energy USA Oahu Kunia 60 MWac + 240 MWh (4 hr) (1)9-2-004:008 2020-0138 Kupehau Solar
Kupono Solar Bright Canyon Energy Oahu Ewa Beach 42 MWac + 168 MWh (1)9-1-010:011, (1)9-1-010:016,
(1)9-1-001:031
TBD Kupono Solar
Mahi Solar Longroad Energy Oahu Kunia 120 MWac + 480 MWh (1)9-2-001:001, (1)9-2-004:012, (1)9-2-004:006, (1)9-2-004:003, (1)9-2-004:010 2020-0140 Mahi Solar
Mountain View Solar AES Distributed Energy Inc. Oahu Waianae 7 MWdc + 35 MWh (1)8-5-003:031, (1)8-5-003:032, (1)8-5-019:034 2020-0139 Mountain View Solar
Puako Solar PV + Battery Storage ENGIE Development LLC Hawaii Puako, South Point 60 MWac + 240 MWh (3)6-8-001:024 2020-0189 Puako Solar PV + Battery Storage
Pulehu Solar Longroad Energy Maui Pulehu 40 MWac + 160 MWh (2)2-5-001:003, (2)2-5-001:004, (2)2-2-002:016 2020-0141 Pulehu Solar
Waiawa Phase 2 Solar AES Distributed Energy Inc. Oahu Pearl City, Waipio Village 30 MWac + 240 MWh (1)9-6-004:024, (1)9-6-004:025, (1)9-6-004:026, (1)9-6-006:036 2020-0137 Waiawa Phase 2 Solar
Project information will be updated as information becomes publicly available.

Stage 2 Standalone Storage Projects

Project Name Developer Island Location Energy Storage Capacity
Tax Map Key
PUC Docket Information Links
Kapolei Energy Storage Plus Power Oahu Kapolei 185 MW / 565 MWh (1)9-1-014:042 2020-0136 Kapolei Energy Storage
Keahole Battery Energy Storage  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.  Hawaii Kailua-Kona 12 MW / 12 MWh (1 hr)  (3)7-3-049:036 2020-0127 Keahole Project Summary

HE Self-Build Projects

Waena Battery Energy Storage  Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.  Maui Kahului 40 MW / 160 MWh (4 hr)  (2)3-8-003:023  2020-0132 Waena Project Summary

HE Self-Build Projects

Project information will be updated as information becomes publicly available.

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Information published by HSEO for all projects comes from public sources of information only.