January 7 (Renewables Now) - Canada’s Innergex Renewable Energy Inc (TSE:INE) confirmed it has sealed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for two solar-plus battery projects on the Hawaiian islands with a combined photovoltaic (PV) capacity of 45 MW.
The deals with the Hawai’i Electric Light Company and the Maui Electric Company are for the Hale Kuawehi and Paeahu schemes, both of which are scheduled for completion in 2022, Innergex said on Friday. Located on Hawaii island, the 30-MW Hale Kuawehi PV park will be able to produce an average of 92,000 MWh of electricity per year and will incorporate 120 MWh of battery storage capacity. The Paeahu solar plant, with a capacity of 15 MW, will be set up in Maui and will have a 60-MWh energy storage system. Its average annual output will be around 45,000 MWh.
The PPAs have been filed for review with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Innergex said. It explained that the contracts are for dispatchable power, which will help maintain the grid stability on the two islands.
The two projects mark the Canadian firm’s foray into the energy storage sector. Its president and CEO Michel Letellier said: “With these two important and unique projects in Hawai’i, we are excited to enter the growing and promising battery energy storage market, in which we intend to become a key player.”