Facility Executive – Proposed Solar And Battery Project Promotes Clean Energy Use In Hawaii
Ameresco, Inc. and Bright Canyon Energy, a leading developer of energy infrastructure, proposed the Kūpono Solar Project, a combined solar and battery system to be built at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam West Loch Annex in Hawai‘i. The proposed project is designed to deliver 42 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy to Hawaiian Electric’s grid on the island of O‘ahu.
The project includes the installation of a 42 MW photovoltaic solar array and 42 MW/168 MWh (four-hour duration) of lithium-ion battery storage system. The batteries will store solar energy beyond sunset hours, enabling the project to deliver sustainable, renewable energy to power approximately 10,000 homes on O‘ahu. In addition, the clean energy project will be designed to reduce more than 50,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually from Hawai‘i’s environment – the equivalent to offsetting emissions from 12,000 cars every year.
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