New Projects, Renewables, Solar

Hawaiian Electric to purchase power from First Wind solar project

First Wind and Hawaiian Electric Co. filed a request with the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission to provide energy to the O‘ahu grid from a planned 20-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) energy facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Hawaiian Electric will purchase power at 15.6 cents per kilowatt hour. Currently, Hawaiian Electric’s cost to generate power is 23.3 cents per kWh.

The Mililani Solar project is the first in Hawai‘i to be developed and operated by First Wind’s new solar division, First Wind Solar Group.

“We are excited to expand our renewable energy efforts with the introduction of Mililani Solar, which will be Hawai‘i’s largest photovoltaic farm to date,” said Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind.

The power purchase agreement will help meet the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative (HCEI) to achieve 70 percent of its energy through clean energy sources by 2030, and reduce Hawai‘i’s reliance on imported fossil fuel.

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