Virtual open house announced for 220-acre Kahana Solar Project
KAHANA – Innergex Renewable Development USA LLC is proposing a 20-megawatt solar photovoltaic system and 80-megawatt-hour battery energy storage system on 220 acres of private land 1.4 miles mauka of Kapalua Airport and the nearest residential community.
Innergex last week announced that a virtual public open house for the proposed Kahana Solar Project will be held online on Tuesday, July 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. (HST).
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Innergex will share information about the renewable energy project and solicit public comments to be filed with the Public Utilities Commission during the open house.
The firm has been selected to the final award group in Maui Electric Company’s competitive process to negotiate a contract for its Kahana Solar Project.
If approved, the project could power 11,600 homes and contribute to the State of Hawaii’s goal of transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, the firm reported.
Should a contract be awarded for the project, all required permits and approvals would still need to be obtained, and further community engagement sessions will be conducted.
The firm noted, “We know that successful renewable energy projects are developed with the input and support of local communities. We look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments, and suggestions on this project.”
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The solar array and associated infrastructure is proposed on Tax Map Key Parcel (2) 4-3-001:017 owned by Maui Land and Pineapple Company Inc.
It would connect into an existing Maui Electric transmission line adjacent to the site.
Innergex devised the project when it responded to a competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by Maui Electric in 2019 for renewable energy projects.
The DC-coupled battery energy storage system is a key aspect. The DC-ESS would be completely charged from the solar panels during the day. The energy can then be used during peak demand in the evening or at other times when the sun is not shining.
Innergex is an independent renewable power producer that develops, acquires, owns and operates hydroelectric facilities, wind farms and solar farms. It conducts operations in Canada, the United States, France and Chile.
If approved, Innergex will be responsible for all development, construction and start-up costs. After completion, the company will also be responsible for all operational and maintenance costs.
Innergex also pledges to contribute to the community. The project’s website states, “Innergex will give preference to qualified local suppliers and contractors throughout the development of the project.
“During operations, the project’s community benefits package will be dedicated funding to the Pu’u Kukui Watershed Preserve to support its impressive conservation initiatives. Innergex will also provide an annual grant to non-profits to support energy efficiency measures and will support the cultural resource activities of the Aha Moku O Ka’anapali. Our community contributions will also include memberships and sponsorships of various organizations and events.”
Innergex responded to Maui Electric’s RFP and was selected to start Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) negotiations in May 2020.
The initial term under the PPA is 25 years. Thereafter, the project can be acquired by Maui Electric, have its PPA renewed, or be decommissioned, recycled and the site restored to its original state.
Innergex anticipates completing construction and beginning operation by the end of 2023.