A distillery on the Hawaiian island of Maui lays claim to being 100 percent powered by solar energy.
SolarCity will build a 15-megawatt solar power array for Hawaiian Electric that will trim annual oil use by 1.8 million gallons per year and save $64 million over the plant’s lifetime.
An 18-building solar deal for Maui will bring the county below-grid-cost energy, and some of the systems will even be microgrid enhanced.
Hawaii recently topped the national rankings for energy saving initiatives for the second year in a row.
Renewable energy generation by the Hawaiian Electric Companies grew from 12 percent of energy needs in 2011 to 13.9 percent in 2012.
Walmart, the U.S. corporate leader in solar, puts PV on three more rooftops in Hawaii, yielding both environmental and economic benefits.
EcoWatch/Earthjustice report on a new plan in Hawaii to enable more easily rooftop solar systems to connect to the grid.
Blu Homes has partnered with Maui contractor Cutting Edge Development to begin delivery of its famous, energy-efficient prefab homes to the Aloha State later this year.
The 69-megawatt Kawailoa wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore goes online; it could help the island avoid burning 300,000 barrels of oil per year.
A Hawaii project will use geothermal power to make hydrogen by electrolysis; the hope is to use the hydrogen stabilize the grid, making room for more renewables.