By Kathie Zipp Hawaiian Electric Company’s application to buy renewable energy from three new solar facilities to be built and operated by NRG Energy, Inc. has been approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. The projects, expected to be in service no later than the end of 2019, are:
49-megawatt (MW-AC) Kawailoa Solar on Kamehameha Schools-owned land near Waialua will be the state’s largest solar facility. It will be adjacent to the 69-MW Kawailoa wind farm that has provided up to 10 percent of Oahu electricity needs since 2012. The facility will provide electricity equivalent to that used by 8,000 homes.
45.9-MW Waipio Solar near
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