Officials from the Navy, Hawaiian Electric Co. and Hawaii held a lease-signing ceremony Thursday for a 28-megawatt direct current solar facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) in Honolulu.
Hawaiian Electric will build, own and operate the solar facility at the joint base. In exchange for the land needed for the project, JBPHH will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades to Navy-owned base infrastructure, reported Navy Public Affairs. The energy generated by the solar facility will feed into the island’s electric grid and will serve all customers on Oahu, including JBPHH.
The project is awaiting approval from the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission.
“The Department of the Navy and the state of Hawaii made a commitment to enhancing the resiliency of the state’s electric grid and our installations through expanding renewable energy in the state,” said Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment. “To this end, we are partnering with organizations like Hawaiian Electric Company that can develop high-quality solar facilities to achieve all of our goals.”
Last week’s ceremony follows the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Navy and the state on June 21 aimed at coordinating goals and strengthening the partnership between both organizations in the pursuit of additional renewable energy in the state of Hawaii.
“The state of Hawaii is working toward 100 percent renewables powering the state,” said Gov. David Ige (D). “Every additional renewable energy project helps move us closer to that goal. Together with the Department of the Navy and Hawaiian Electric, we have made another significant step forward today.”