Kauai utility to start building 12-MW solar park in Hawaii in Nov
Oct 11, 2013 - The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) plans in November to start construction on a 12-MW solar plant near Koloa, in the US state of Hawaii, it said on Tuesday.
Building works on the USD-41.2-million (EUR 30m) project are scheduled to commence on November 6 and be completed in the second half of 2014.
The photovoltaic (PV) system will be installed on a 67-acre (27-ha) site in Koloa, leased from an an affiliate of Grove Farm Co. SolarCity Corp (NASDAQ:SCTY) is engaged in the construction the plant, which will be able to supply approximately 6% of the Garden Isle’s power consumption on a daily basis. Together with two other utility-scale solar facilities that are currently being built on Kauai county, the latest installation will help meet about half of the island’s daily electricity needs.
The project received approval from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in June.
Earlier this week another 12-MW solar project in Kauai, worth USD 55 million, released its final environmental assessment. The Anahola facility will be constructed by US grid-tied solar systems provider REC Solar Inc.
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