- SunPower installed high-efficiency SunPower PV panels on a SunPower T0 Tracker system
On March 8th, 2013 Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie and representatives of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and Hawaiian Electric Company dedicated the five-megawatt Kalaeloa Solar Farm in West Oahu.
The solar photovoltaic (PV) plant will be managed by Bright Plain Renewable Energy, L.L.C. (BPRE). SunPower Corp. (San Jose, California, U.S.) designed and built the project. The solar farm is the first utility-scale solar project on state land, located on 36-acres leased from the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.
Abundant sunshine for the largest, most productive solar farm on Oahu to date
“Hawaii has growing energy demand and abundant sunshine, and it makes sense for the state to maximize our use of this clean, reliable and affordable solar resource,” said Governor Abercrombie.
“I applaud partners Bright Plain Renewable Energy, SunPower, Hawaiian Electric Company and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands for uniting to build this project. As the largest, most productive solar farm on Oahu to date, it will have significant positive impact on the state’s renewable portfolio standards goal of 40 percent by 2030.”
Cost competitive solar power in Hawaii
At the 36-acre site, SunPower installed high-efficiency SunPower PV panels on a SunPower T0 Tracker system. The Tracker positions solar panels to follow the sun’s movement during the day, increasing sunlight capture by up to 25 percent over conventional fixed-tilt systems, while significantly reducing land requirements.
“Solar power in Hawaii is cost competitive with other electricity sources,” said SunPower CEO Tom Werner.
“This project will generate power economically for Hawaiian Electric’s customers every year for the next 20 years. With more than one gigawatt of SunPower solar power plants operating worldwide, our high-efficiency, highly reliable Maxeon solar cell technology will ensure the guaranteed performance of the Kalaeloa Solar Farm.”