The Clearway Energy Group laid the foundation stone on Thursday morning for two utility-scale solar projects in Mililani and Waiawa, which together will deliver 75 megawatts of electricity.
The 39 MW Mililani I Solar project in Mililani Agricultural Park and the 36 MW Waiawa Solar project in Waiawa will be combined with 300 megawatt hours of battery storage, with an expected completion date of 2022.
“Hawaii has long been a leader in climate solutions and we are honored to continue contributing to this mission with two new renewable energy locations in the state,” said Craig Cornelius, CEO of Clearway, in a press release. “The addition of solar energy and storage to Oahu is an important step towards a clean, affordable and reliable power grid. We thank Hawaiian Electric, Kamehameha Schools, and many others for their continued partnership to advance innovative energy projects and move Hawaii toward a carbon-free economy. “
The projects were among the seven projects that Hawaiian Electric selected through a bidding process in 2018 to help the state achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.
It is Clearway’s second renewable energy project in Hawaii.
In 2019, Clearway also completed the construction and commissioning of three utility-scale solar projects: a 45.9 MW site in Waipio, a 14.7 MW site in Mililani, and a 49 MW site in Kawailoa on the North Shore of Oahu.
Once the Mililani and Waiawa solar projects are completed, Clearway’s five solar projects, totaling 185 MW, will generate enough electricity to power more than 45,500 Oahu households per year.
According to Clearway, the two projects represent a $ 280 million investment and will create more than 460 local union jobs during construction.
Upon completion of the Waiawa Project, $ 200,000 in social benefits will be made available over the coming years, including an educational partnership with the Blue Planet Foundation and an annual internship program on the mainland with students from Kamehameha Schools.