Altus Power America Inc., a Connecticut-based solar power company, has completed the construction of a 7.5 MW ground-mounted solar system in Ewa, Hawaii.Â
The project will generate over 12,400 MWh of electricity during its first year of operation. The output from the project will be purchased by Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO), pursuant to a Public Utilities Commission (PUC)-approved Feed-In Tariff Tier III power purchase agreement (PPA). The project will further reduce the stateâ€™s carbon footprint and contribute to Hawaiiâ€™s goal of generating 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2045.Â
â€śThe reason the project is important is because Altus Power invested in the infrastructure in the area,â€ť says David Ige, governor of Hawaii. â€śThe fact that they made an investment to get connected to the grid really enables other redevelopment in this area. Connecting to the Coast Guard and the transmission line will help us to do more out here. Weâ€™re beginning to see an acceleration. Converting earlier is a win-win. It not only helps the environment, but it also helps to reduce costs.â€ť
The project is Altus Powerâ€™s second major investment in Hawaii. The utility-scale solar site is now home to numerous raised rows of solar panels, totaling 21,500 solar PV modules.
Photo: The projectâ€™s dedication ceremony