Hawaii reveals full winner list of ‘largest renewable tender’ in state’s history

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Artist rendering of Plus Power's Kapolei Energy Storage (KES) project, one of 16 to be contracted by Hawaiian Electric in mid-May. Image credit: Plus Power

EDF, Hanwha and Innergex lie among the firms contracted at Hawaii’s supposedly largest renewable tender to date, joining already-known winners such as ENGIE.

Earlier this week, investor-owned utility Hawaiian Electric released the full list of developers set to deploy 16 solar-plus-storage and standalone projects on the Aloha State, a contracted pipeline of 460MW of solar and nearly 3GWh of storage battery systems.

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As documented by PV Tech sister title Energy-Storage.News, the identities of some of the high-profile winners had emerged in recent weeks, with ENGIE, Plus Power, Longroad, AES Distributed Energy and Hawaiian Electric all coming forward (see list below) to reveal they had been selected.

Hawaii’s major solar and storage push comes as the archipelago works to become fully renewable by 2045, a campaign steered by Hawaiian Electric itself. The shift is driven by, among other factors, the need to replace a coal plant on O’ahu island (180MW) and an oil-powered station on Maui (27.6MW), respectively scheduled to close by 2022 and 2024.

Hawaiian Electric – itself contracted for two storage-only projects on Maui and Hawaii Island – believes all 16 renewable ventures could complete construction between 2022 and 2023. Should the deadline be met, all 16 schemes will alone add seven percentage points to the utility’s renewable portfolio share by 2025, reaching its 30% target.

From that year onwards, the renewable ratio must ramp up towards goalposts in 2030 (40%), 2040 (70%) and 2045 (100%). This tender aside, work is underway to select another project on Molokai and put forward a request for proposals on Lanai, bringing new renewables to the two small islands to the east of capital Honolulu.

ENGIE Development, LLC

Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Puako Solar PV + Battery Storage Solar + BESS 60MW, 240MWh (BESS) Hawaii Island (Puako, South Kohala) 2023

See here for more information about the Puako project and here for the coverage by PV Tech's sister title Energy.Storage.News

Plus Power

Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Kapolei Energy Storage BESS 185MW, 565MWh Oahu (Barbers Pt Harbor) 2022

See here for more information about the Kapolei project and here for the coverage by PV Tech's sister title Energy.Storage.News

Longroad Development Company, LLC

Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Mahi Solar Solar + BESS 120MW, 480MWh (BESS) Oahu (Kunia) 2023
Pulehu Solar Solar + BESS 40MW, 160MWh (BESS) Maui (Pulehu) 2023

See here for more information about the Mahi project, here for the Pulehu project and here for the coverage by PV Tech's sister title Energy.Storage.News

AES Distributed Energy Inc

Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Mountain View Solar Solar + BESS 7MW, 35MWh (BESS) Oahu (Waianae) 2023
Waiawa Phase 2 Solar Solar + BESS 30MW, 240MWh (BESS) Oahu (Waiawa) 2023

See here for more information about the Mountain View project, here for the Waiawa project and here for the coverage by PV Tech's sister title Energy.Storage.News

Hawaiian Electric Company

Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Keahole Battery Energy Storage BESS 12MW, 12MWh Hawaii Island (Kailua-Kona) 2022
Waena BESS BESS 40MW, 160MWh Maui (Kahului) 2023

See here for more information about the Keahole and Waena projects and here for the coverage by PV Tech's sister title Energy.Storage.News

EDF Renewables Development, Inc.

Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Waikoloa Village Solar + Storage Solar + BESS 60MW, 240MWh (BESS) Hawaii Island (Waikoloa) 2023

See here for more information about the Waikoloa Village project

Hanwha Energy USA Holdings Corp (174 Power Global)

Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Kupehau Solar Solar + BESS 60MW, 240MWh (BESS) Oahu (Kunia) 2022

See here for more information about the Kupehau project

Innergex

Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Barbers Point Solar Solar + BESS 15MW, 60MWh (BESS) Oahu (Kapolei) 2023
Kahana Solar Solar + BESS 20MW, 80MWh (BESS) Maui (Napili – Honokowai) 2023

See here for more information about the Barbers Point project and here to learn more about the Kahana project

Other developers

Developer Project name Technology makeup Capacity Location Estimated completion
Bright Canyon Energy Kupono Solar Solar + BESS 42MW, 168MWh (BESS) Oahu (Ewa Beach) 2022
Kaukonahua Solar LLC Kaukonahua Solar Solar + BESS 6MW, 25.4MWh (BESS) Oahu (Waialua) 2022
Onyx Development Group LLC Mehana Solar Solar + BESS 6.6MW, 26.4MWh (BESS) Oahu (Kalaeloa) 2022
Pacific Green Ikehu LLC Kamaole Solar Solar + BESS 40MW, 160MWh (BESS) Maui (Kihei) 2023

See here for more information about all these projects

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