US Navy plans to build 44MW solar-plus-storage project in Kauai

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email
The Sprouting Horn in Kauai Island. Source: Flickr/Christian Arballo

The Navy plans to develop a utility-scale solar farm and energy storage system on the 863.6 hectare Pacific Missile Range Facility on the island of Kauai, according to a draft environmental assessment.

The solar PV system would generate 44MW of clean energy into the Kauai Island Utility cooperative’s grid for use by the public and the military. It will be constructed over two phases of 21MW and 23MW respectively, expecting to break ground in December. Details about the energy storage part of the project were not detailed in the assessment.

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Unlock unlimited access for 12 whole months of distinctive global analysis

Photovoltaics International is now included.

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Unlimited digital access to the PV Tech Power journal catalogue
  • Unlimited digital access to the Photovoltaics International journal catalogue
  • Access to more than 1,000 technical papers
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

However, what is known is that the batteries would be used to store solar power during the day and reduce the need for the island’s expensive diesel generators and provide stable generation. Together, the solar and storage would provide electricity in the event of a power outage, as well as help reach the Navy’s renewable energy goals.

This project is reportedly one of three solar-plus-storage offerings to be built under an understanding between the Navy and the California Energy Commission, pursuant to a MoU signed in October.

Read Next

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
March 12, 2024
Frankfurt, Germany
Upcoming Webinars
March 13, 2024
9am EDT / 1pm GMT / 2pm CET
Solar Media Events
March 19, 2024
Texas, USA