March 29 (Renewables Now) - Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved this week power purchase agreements (PPAs) between Clearway Energy Group and Hawaiian Electric Company for 75 MW of solar projects.
The contracts are tied to the construction of the 39-MW Mililani I Solar plant in the Mililani Agricultural Park and the 36-MW Waiawa Solar Power facility located in the Oahu region.
Each of the two projects will have a battery storage component and together they are part of a five plant portfolio being developed on the same island. The other three farms are already under construction and are scheduled to commence operations before the year is over.
Together, these five facilities will add 185 MW of solar capacity, enough to meet the power demand of approximately 62,000 local homes per year.
With the approval, the company can help the state to pursue its goal of becoming 100% renewable, Patrick Sullivan, Vice President of Development at Clearway, added.