Hawaii Concentrates On Solar Power

Sunny Hawaii is concentrating on its solar future with the news that developers have broken ground on a new five-megawatt (MW) solar farm utilizing Micro Concentrating Solar Power (MicroCSP) in the Kalaeloa district of Oahu, the largest concentrated solar project in the Aloha State.

The Kalaeloa Solar One project is a partnership between the State of Hawaii, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and Keahole Solar Power. The project is an ambitious move towards achieving an ambitious mandate, established by the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative: 70% electricity derived from clean, renewable resources by 2030, furthering the state’s energy independence from the mainland.

Oahu Map

image via Hawaii City

Sopogy will be supplying the solar concentrating modules for the project. Darren T. Kimura, President and CEO of Sopogy, noted that a key benefit of Sopogy’s modules are the fact that they can be produced locally and manufactured anywhere in the world.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.