Hawaiian Electric selects 3 solar projects on Big Island to lower bills for low/moderate customers
Hawaiian Electric has selected three solar projects on the Big Island to offer the new shared solar program that will help customers who meet low- and moderate-income levels to lower their electricity bills.
The program, which also is known as community-based renewable energy or CBRE, also is for customers who are unable to install privately-owned rooftop solar.
Hawaiian Electric also selected three solar projects on Maui and one on Oʻahu. A competitive bidding evaluation process was used to evaluate the proposals.
The Big Island Maui projects are being developed by Nexamp Solar. On O‘ahu, a shared solar project co-developed by Nexamp Solar and Melink Solar Development was selected.
Hawaiian Electric will work with the selected developers to finalize the 20-year contracts.
On the Big Island the projects are:
- The Kalaola A Solar Project: on 201 acres off Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona.
- The Kalaola B Solar Project: also on the 201 acres off Queen Kaʻahumanu Highway in Kailua-Kona.
- Nā‘ālehu Solar: on 176 acres off Waiʻōhinu Spur Road in Pāhoa.
Once the projects are available on Hawaiian Electric’s CBRE Portal, low- and moderate-income customers (LMI) – including those who are renters and apartment residents – may become “subscribers” to a facility on their respective island.
Once the projects are built and online, the subscribers receive credits on their monthly electricity bill based on their level of participation.
Here are the seven projects. Click on the links to learn more about each project.
|Island||Project||CBRE Megawatt Capacity||Project Website|
|O‘ahu||Kaukonahua Solar||6 MW (Solar only)||nexamp.com/kaukonahua-road-solar|
|Maui||Līpoa Solar||3 MW + Battery||nexamp.com/lipoa-solar|
|Maui||Makawao Solar||2.5 MW + Battery||nexamp.com/makawao-solar|
|Maui||Pi‘iholo Road Solar||2.5 MW + Battery||nexamp.com/piiholo-road-solar|
|Hawai‘i Island||Kalaoa Solar A||3 MW + Battery||nexamp.com/kalaoa-solar|
|Hawai‘i Island||Kalaoa Solar B||3 MW + Battery||nexamp.com/kalaoa-solar|
|Hawai‘i Island||Nā‘ālehu Solar||3 MW + Battery||nexamp.com/naalehu-solar|
In March 2022, the request for proposals was opened for developers, companies, organizations or groups to become a “subscriber organization” of shared solar projects for LMI customers. The shared solar projects are expected to be online in 2025.
“Our proven track record as a long-term owner/operator has made us a trusted partner in hundreds of communities today and our seven new Nexamp projects in Hawai‘i will help the state move toward its decarbonization goals,” says Zaid Ashai, chief executive officer of Nexamp.
“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,” Ashai said. “We look forward to making our popular community solar program and other consumer decarbonization services available to all residents of Hawai‘i in the years ahead.”