Hawaiian Electric Co. and the U.S. Department of the Navy have announced plans to build a 20 MW solar facility at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, West Loch Annex in Honolulu.
Hawaiian Electric says it will build, own and operate the solar facility at the joint base, and in exchange for the land needed for the project, the base will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades to Navy-owned facilities.
The renewable energy generated by the solar facility will feed into the Oahu electric grid and serve all customers on the island, including those on the base. The project requires the approval of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. The agreement was commemorated in a celebratory lease-signing event at Pearl Harbor.
“We are building momentum on our journey toward 100 percent renewable energy. We’ll get there by working closely with the Navy and our other partners in the community to develop smart, sustainable projects that can help stabilize electric rates for decades to come,” says Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Twitter account