The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a power purchase agreement (PPA) for SunPower to sell energy to Hawaiian Electric Co. from a 5 MW solar PV farm planned for Kalaeloa in West Oahu.
SunPower will design, build and operate the facility. Subject to receipt of applicable permits, SunPower plans to begin construction this year and complete the solar farm within five months. It will be located on land leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands at Roosevelt Avenue and Boxer Road.
The SunPower agreement represents the first utility-scale solar project on Oahu approved by the PUC, SunPower says. The contract is the outcome of Hawaiian Electric's request for proposals for renewable energy projects for Oahu issued under the PUC's competitive bidding framework in 2008.