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Nearly 3GWh of energy storage awarded alongside solar contracts in Hawaii tender

Hawaii’s island of Oahu, seen from space, a few years ago via NASA satellites. Image: Public domain image via NASA.

The largest renewable tender in Hawaii’s history has chosen its winners, contracting a solar and storage pipeline that exceeds anything the US state has ever seen.

Investor-owned utility Hawaiian Electric said this week the tender it launched last August had selected 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone storage projects (see table below) across Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, a fleet of 460MW of PV and nearly 3GWh of storage capacity in total.

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The winning developers were not named at this stage, with information on project size and location due to be shared “in 30 days or sooner”. The utility – which will now start negotiating contracts with developers – noted that the deals must be endorsed by Hawaii’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

Island Solar-plus-storage Standalone storage Overall capacity
Oahu Island 8 projects 1 project 287MW of generation and 1.8GWh of storage
Maui Island 3 projects 1 project 100MW of generation and 560MWh of storage
Hawaii Island 2 projects 1 project 72MW of generation and 492MWh of storage

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