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Make it once, make it right

The above mantra of our company speaks directly to our unrelenting focus on quality. With this goal in mind, we have proudly served Hawaii since 1985. Because of this rich history, we bring extensive experience to the job with a staff that’s like family.

Solar Victory

PortAllen-solarThe Hawaiian Islands are a solar power mecca. The amount of sunshine available for power throughout the sandwich isles is unparallelled. And since there is such an abundance, every single residence is a potential hot spot for sustainability and renewability. It is because of this that the solar power landscape is burgeoning at the seams.

Despite this solar phenomenon, there remain obstacles in the solar consumers way. Namely, HECO has placed limitations on installations of arrays which intend to be connected to the main power grid.

Recently Alexander and Baldwin, a real estate development firm and Hawaii’s fourth largest land owner has announced the completion of a 6 megawatt solar photovoltaic facility at Port

Allen on the island of Kauai. The Port Allen solar panel facility was completed on the 7th of December, 2013 and has been delivering power to the Kauai island utility cooperative ever since.

This facility has been built on 8 hectors of land adjacent to the Port Allen station power plant, which is owned by KIUC (Kauai Island Utility Cooperative) and was constructed in less than 9 months. This facility, along with existing hydroelectric facilities located at Wainiha in Kalaheo will generate nearly 40 thousand MW hours of renewable energy every year, making Alexander & Baldwin the leading generator of renewable energy on Kauai.

The Port Allen facility is the first of three solar panel projects that will come online on Kauai over the next two years. This facility will supply almost 10% of Kauai’s daytime electrical load and about 3% of the energy used on Kauai. KIUC is planning to draw 50% of its daytime electrical load from photovoltaic systems, which is the highest percentage of any grid tie inverter in the United States.

This significant move in solar power comes at a time when Oahu utilities are stalled with over 400 permits in the pipeline awaiting approval and solar proponents from installers to business owners are awaiting far more opportunity for solar installation approval. Legitimately so, after a Plan submitted by HECO to the Public Trade Commission in August promises such.

Hopefully HECO can learn from the moves towards renewable energy that KIUC is making and collaborate in pushing solar photovoltaic installations forward twill undoubtedly require placing a serious emphasis on electrical upgrades, grid enhancements, technical modifications and increased connectivity. Collaboration will allow HECO to learn from that which KIUC has already overcome in putting their new design in place; an undeniable victory illustrating that it can indeed be done.