BayWa r.e. wins EPC job on 30-MW solar-plus-BESS project in Hawai'i

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August 9 (Renewables Now) - BayWa r.e. Power Solutions LLC, the US affiliate of German renewables company BayWa r.e. AG, said today that it has secured the EPC contract to build a 30-MW/43-MWp solar farm with a 30-MW/120-MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) on Hawai’i Island.

The integrated Waikoloa solar-plus-storage facility will be owned and operated by US energy group AES Corp (NYSE:AES). The project is sited on around 300 acres (121.4 ha) of leased land near Waikoloa Village in the South Kohala district of the island.

BayWa said it will use bifacial PV modules mounted on single-axis trackers for the solar farm portion of the project, and lithium-ion batteries for storage. The batteries will also provide grid and ancillary services, the EPC contractor said.

Once up and running, the Waikoloa system will generate and store electricity for local utility Hawaiian Electric Company Inc (HECO), which signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) to procure the production output.

According to BayWa, “substantial completion” of the project is expected in the fourth quarter of 2022.

BayWa r.e. Power Solutions used to be known as Enable Energy when the renewables German group acquired it in 2020. Following the takeover, BayWa gave rebranded the business.

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