The launch of a new 1.2MW PV installation on the Hawaiian island of Oahu has outlined the state's commitment to meeting its clean energy goals. The new installation, Oahu’s second utility-scale project, will provide power to an estimated 250 military homes on the Pearl City Peninsula and be completed by the end of 2012.
Hoku Solar designed and installed the project after being handed the contract by Forest City, Hawaii’s military housing management company. The solar farm will consist of a ground array containing 4,300 grid-connected panels and employ a skilled workforce of around 25.
The project was developed through a partnership between Forest City Sustainable Resources and The Department of the Navy and Forest City Military Communities, who are responsible for the maintenance of the military housing on the Pearl City Peninsula.
In December 2011, Hoku Solar completed Oahu’s first utility-scale PV project, the 1.18MW Kapolei Sustainable Energy Park in the south of the island.
President of Forest City Hawaii, Jon Wallenstrom commented, “Forest City believes strongly in the importance of providing clean, renewable energy to our military communities and the people of Hawaii. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to do so at Pearl City Peninsula, thanks to the vision and hard work of our project partners at NAVFAC, Hawaiian Electric, and American Savings Bank.”
Scott Paul, CEO of Hoku Corporation, added, “We are focused on providing clean, reliable, solar power throughout the islands, and we are particularly pleased to do so for the military families who live on Pearl City Peninsula. The project gives all of us at Hoku a chance to thank them for their service in the best way we know how.”
Hoku Solar has also recently announced its intentions to develop and deliver PV projects on other Hawaiian islands. In alliance with Helix Electric, it intends to install a 7.2MW solar farm on the island of Kauai by the end of 2012.