5-MW Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park Solar Plant Gains Environmental Approval

The Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park solar project has received environmental assessment approval from the Commander, Navy Region Hawaii. The solar park will be comprised of 21,000 photovoltaic (PV) panels on 20 acres near Ewa Field, a former World War II era Marine Corps airstrip.

In early December 2012, the last piece of the development puzzle was added, an easement through an industrial site required for electrical grid interconnection. With all major hurdles cleared, construction is anticipated to begin in January 2013.

“Hanwha SolarEnergy America is delighted to participate in the development of what will be one of the largest utility-scale solar projects in the state of Hawaii,” said Matthew McCullough, CEO of Hanwha SolarEnergy America. “We are partnering closely with all parties involved to make sure we meet environmental and local goals.”

The project will reduce Hawaii’s reliance on foreign oil and help the state meet its mandate to produce 40% of electricity used from clean, renewable sources by 2030. The 5-MW renewable energy project will generate power equivalent to that used by 1,000 homes in a year.

“Not only will this project help Hawaii reduce its dependence on fossil fuels,” said Luigi Resta, CEO, Scatec Solar North America. “Working towards achieving a greener Hawaii is important for the future of our state.”

“We are pleased to get the go-ahead to make the Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park project a reality and hope to be in operation by mid-2013,” said Steve Coln, president of Hunt’s Hawaii development division. “We are committed to environmental stewardship, energy efficiency and renewable energy.”

“This welcome project is another step toward protecting Hawaii’s economy and all our customers from the volatile price of imported oil,” said Robbie Alm, Hawaiian Electric executive vice president. “It will join other solar and wind farms as part of our effort to get all the renewable energy possible from Oahu, where we have the greatest demand but limited renewable resources.”

Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, the solar farm will produce enough renewable power to prevent almost 11,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year, the equivalent to removing 37,600 cars from Hawaii’s roads over the 20-year term of the agreement.

Founded in 1947, and operating in Hawai’i since 1991, Hunt Companies, Inc. is a leading national real estate company dedicated to building values through development, investment and management. Hunt is focused in the core areas of public-private partnership, military housing, community development, real asset investment management and multifamily housing.

Hunt and its affiliates have $13 billion assets under management. These assets include 144,583 multifamily housing units and 8.3 million square feet of office, retail and industrial properties. Hunt has also developed 89,000 housing units, over 1 million square feet of commercial space and thousands of acres of land. Development project costs have totaled more than $6.3 billion, with more than $8.2 billion in construction costs.

SSNA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Scatec Solar AS, is located in Sausalito, California, and focuses on the development of commercial- and utility-scale solar power projects. These development capabilities include designing, constructing, operating and maintaining solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants. SSNA’s executive team consists of qualified individuals with extensive renewable energy development experience and success.