Developing renewable energy in Hawaii
As part of its goal to achieve 100% renewable energy generation by 2045, the Hawaiian Electric Company and its subsidiary companies, Maui Electric Company and Hawaii Electric Light Company, launched requests for proposals (RFP) for clean, renewable energy projects for O’ahu, Maui and Hawai’i Island, to bring more stable electricity costs to consumers, help the state reduce its dependency on imported sources of energy, and decrease its carbon emissions.
Our proposed solar plus battery storage projects in Hawaii would capture the renewable energy of the sun to generate electricity and store it for when it is most needed.
Innergex is currently in the process of advancing four solar projects in Hawai'i that are in various stages of development
In total, the four projects would power approximately 41,450 Hawaiian households with renewable energy annually.
Innergex believes that working with communities on developing renewable energy projects is a priority. Our vision is to foster long-term relationships that are built on sharing the benefits that our projects bring.
For 30 years, Innergex has believed in a world where abundant renewable energy promotes healthier communities and creates shared prosperity.
Solar energy development at Innergex
Innergex brings necessary resources, capital, and expertise in the field of renewable solar energy. In addition, Innergex has a track record of working with indigenous and multi-cultural communities and shaping a win-win outcome with them. As captured in its core values, Innergex engages with a community, not as a developer, but as a long-term community partner for the life of the project.
Innergex’s philosophy has always been to develop and operate reliable, high-quality projects while respecting the environment and balancing the best interests of host communities and partners. When developing a renewable energy project, Innergex has a successful track record of generating local benefits that go back into a community and as such has a long history of sponsoring and supporting local associations, legacy projects and community events in the communities where we operate.
Our passion to produce renewable energy stems from our profound belief that we can all make a difference in making the world a better place for future generations. At Innergex, environmental sustainability is a key part of our development strategy our facilities are developed and operated with strict adherence to environmental codes and best practices. We are driven by the belief that what we do matters as much as how we do it by developing projects that avoid, minimize, mitigate or offset the impacts on the surrounding area.
About solar and battery storage systems
The sun is a highly stable and predictable resource, which makes solar technology correspondingly reliable and easy to use. The sun’s energy is converted directly into electricity by a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel. As this process requires no fuel, it creates no emissions during operations. As a result, solar energy is one of the cleanest, most reliable forms of energy around.
The effectiveness of a solar energy system depends on a number of factors:
- the number of hours of sunshine;
- the season;
- weather conditions;
- albedo (the reflecting power of the surrounding surface);
- and they are always tilted and oriented to capture the maximum amount of light.
Battery storage works by storing the energy produced by solar panels during the day. The higher the battery’s capacity, the more solar energy it can store. The energy in the battery storage can be used whenever it is needed most, day or night.
At the end of its operational life, the equipment will be recycled and the land the project occupies will be returned to its original state.