Hawaiian Electric picks 23 MW of projects for shared solar programme
Solar array. Image by Nexamp (www.nexamp.com)
Hawaiian Electric this week announced the selection of seven solar projects on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui for its community-based renewable energy (CBRE), also called shared solar, programme for low- and moderate-income customers.
After a competitive bidding evaluation process, Hawaiian Electric selected three projects on Hawaii Island and three projects on Maui, all of which are being developed by Nexamp Solar. These projects include four 3-MW solar schemes and two of 2.5 MW, and are all paired with batteries.
The seventh project is a 6-MW solar-only array on Oahu, co-developed by Nexamp Solar and Melink Solar Development.
Hawaiian Electric will now work with the developers to complete 20-year contracts.
Once the projects become operational, expected in 2025, low- and moderate-income customers who subscribe to them will receive credits on their monthly electricity bill depending on their participation.
“Dedicated to low- and moderate-income residents, each of these shared solar projects will ensure equal access to participate and lower their electric costs while reducing the islands’ fossil fuel dependence,” remarked Nexamp chief executive Zaid Ashai.