Hawaii launches mega 900MW renewables tender
Hawaiian Electric Co (HEC) has kickstarted a colossal clean energy tender, seeking providers of 900MW worth of renewables and energy storage projects. The tender launched on Monday is the largest renewables procurement ever issued in the state, with an estimated capacity of 2,000GWh annually. The investor-owned utility is soliciting 594MW worth of solar for O'ahu island – together with 135MW for Maui and up to 203MW for Hawai'i – from local and global developers. All renewables for Maui and Hawai'i must include energy storage, whereas on O'ahu, such partnerships remain optional. Hawaii has pledged to be powered entirely by renewables by 2045. O’ahu’s 180MW AES coal-fired power plant, which meets 16% of peak power demand on the island, is due to close by September 2022. On Maui, the 27.6MW Kuhului oil-fired plant will be decommissioned in 2024. Storage on O'ahu and Maui is also being sought to replace firm generating units, which can be provided by renewable generation paired with storage or standalone storage. Contingency storage is also being sought for O'ahu and Hawai'i islands. Clean energy moves later this year for smaller islands The winning projects are expected to be selected by May 2020 and come online between 2022 and 2025. A separate request for proposals for grid services from customer-sited distributed energy resources on O'ahu, Maui, and Hawaii was also launched. The winning projects, which can range from 4-119MW, are expected to be awarded in January 2022 and come online by 2022 at the latest. According to the HEC, Hawaii’s public utilities commission has engaged independent observers and technical advisers to ensure that all proposals are treated fairly and equitably “due to the complexity of projects sought.” Later this year, HEC will issue requests for proposals for renewables for two of Hawaii’s smaller islands, pending approval by the state's public utilities commission. It will seek the equivalent of 4MW of solar-plus-storage or 3.6MW of wind-plus-storage for Moloka’i. The equivalent of around 9.5MW of solar-plus-storage will be pursued on Lana’i. In the first phase of Hawaii’s renewables procurement in 2018, eight projects totalling 260MW/1GWh of solar-plus-storage were negotiated on O’ahu, Maui and Hawai’i. Prices arranged for those projects, which will come online by 2021, average 9.38 US dollar cents per KWh, lower than the current cost of fossil fuel generation, which is about 15 cents per KWh.
Aug 27, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, storage, tender, solar-plus-storage, Hawaii, North America, Hawaiian Electric Co, maui, o'ahu
Hanwha Energy protects large-scale solar-plus-storage project in Hawaii
system is slated to start commercial procedure in 2023. The state of Hawaii is seeking to switch over to 100% renewable energy by 2045. To support the
Oct 27, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Storage, USA, solar-plus-storage, Hawaii, North America, Hanwha Energy
Clearway breaks ground on 75 MW of solar projects in Hawaii
year. Both sites contribute to 3 solar projects that Clearway finished in Hawaii in 2019. The five centers with a mixed 185 MW of ability will serve
Apr 9, 2021 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, USA, Hawaii, North America, clearway, solar projects, Scott Seu
AES breaks ground in Hawaii on two large-scale solar-plus-storage plants
battery energy storage system (BESS) technology. The project gets on Maui, Hawaii's second-largest island. AES Corporation executives and representatives of
Aug 10, 2022 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, Hawaii, North America, AES, solar-plus-storage plants
Longroad Energy Selected for 160 MW Solar With 640 MWh BESS in Hawaii
Power has actually been picked by the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) to start developing 2 utility-scale solar and battery storage projects for conclusion
Jun 1, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, USA, storage, Solar, Battery Storage, Hawaii, North America, longroad energy, International
Hawaii's solar tender will certainly enhance state's ability 50%.
renewable resource purchase ever before advanced by United States utility Hawaiian Electric Company (HeCo) have actually been introduced, bringing with them as
May 19, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, USA, tender, Hawaii, North America
Hawaii's renewable tender to deliver major solar and storage push
utility Hawaiian Electric stated today the tender it released last August had actually picked 16 solar-plus-storage or standalone storage space
May 14, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Storage, USA, pv power plants, tender, solar-plus-storage, Hawaii, North America, hawaiian electric, Jim Alberts
Virtual power plant professional Swell Energy reveals software application platform ahead of 80MW Hawaii project
of battery storage space, with utilities Souther California Edison (SCE) and Hawaiian Electric Co (HECO), along with a smaller project with Disadvantage Edison in
Feb 14, 2022 // Plants, Residential, Storage, Software, VPP, virtual power plant, utility, Swell Energy, aggregation, algorithmic optimisation
Altus Power America building Hawaii's biggest community solar project
operation. This will certainly be Altus Power's third financial investment in Hawaii and the very first to specifically offer power financial savings, via CBRE
Feb 26, 2021 // Plants, Large-Scale, USA, Hawaii, North America, Altus Power, Solar Project, Lars Norell, Ryan McCauley
Hanwha to develop a 60 MW/240 MWh solar energy plant in Hawaii
for the next 20 years. Estimated commercial procedures begin remains in 2023. Hawaii aims to produce 100 percent of its electrical energy from eco-friendly sources
Nov 13, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Asia, Korea, Hanwha, Solar Power Plant
Home solar batteries in Hawaii to provide capability, grid solutions through 80MW virtual power plant
that it is gotten with the United States island state's main power energy, Hawaiian Electric, to perform the project, which would certainly pair greater than
Jan 18, 2021 // Residential, Storage, USA, solar-plus-storage, Hawaii, North America, VPP, virtual power plant, Swell Energy, Yoh Kawanami
REC Solar installs specialized project at observatory atop dormant volcano in Hawaii
situated near the summit of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii-- lies on the roof of Keck Observatory's telescope facility, between the domes
Dec 11, 2020 // Plants, USA, Hawaii, North America, REC Solar, Mark Devenot, Dan Alcombright
Burns & McDonnell to build solar microgrid for U.S. Navy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
state of Hawaii is proud to pursue this innovative project,” Governor Ige says. “PEARL will advance the state’s clean energy vision of
Dec 18, 2019 // Grids, USA, North America, PEARL, Burns & McDonnell, HCATT, David Ige, David Molinaro, John Bothof
BayWa r.e. to build Hawaiian solar-storage plant
will certainly construct a 30MW solar as well as 30MW battery storage plant on Hawaii for AES Corporation. BayWa r.e. will develop the Waikoloa Solar + Storage
Aug 10, 2022 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, baywa r.e., PV Power Plant, Todd Lindstrom
Hawaii’s Trailblazing Solar Market Continues to Struggle Without Net Metering
Hawaii’s residential solar market continues to contract, a phenomenon the industry largely attributes to policy changes that went into effect after the state ended net energy metering in 2015. The number of active solar companies on Oahu, the state’s largest market, dropped from 300 in 2015 to just 98 last year, according to the Hawaii Solar Energy Association (HSEA). And in the first half of 2019, total residential PV permits declined about 5 percent, according to numbers compiled by local contractor ProVision Solar. A post-net-metering falloff in the residential market isn’t exclusive to Hawaii, with Nevada and South Carolina experiencing similar declines after moving to new tariff structures. Still, the choices Hawaii makes in structuring its market could have wide implications, and will be closely watched by the national solar industry. Hawaii was the first state to adopt a 100 percent renewables standard, and it has outlined a plan to meet those goals in part by outfitting homes with solar and storage. At the end of 2017, distributed solar accounted for the largest portion of Hawaiian Electric Company's renewable portfolio standard attainment, at nearly 10 percent out of 26.8 percent renewable generation.  These days Hawaii has company in its ambitions: Seven other states have passed 100 percent renewable portfolio standards or clean energy requirements. As more states adopt renewables goals, Hawaii has the potential to outline solar and storage tariffs worthy of emulation.     “Hawaii will probably be the first state to have a pretty comprehensive tariff that looks at consumers offering grid services and being a prosumer of electricity instead of just a consumer,” said Will Giese, HSEA’s executive director. “I just hope that we have a market that can handle it," Giese added. A depressed market Hawaii's solar permits have been decreasing since the phaseout of net energy metering (NEM) in 2015. According to Giese, Oahu permits dropped by between one-third and 50 percent from 2015 to 2018. Giese attributed the “depressed market” almost entirely to the ending of NEM and the creation of new tariff structures, which established more complicated rewards for installing residential solar. He also pointed to the state’s small market size and the limited quantity of companies operating there as further challenges.  So far, the new tariffs appear less enticing to customers. But through 2016, 2017 and even into 2018, the state’s installers were still finishing the last of their NEM systems. “Now we’re reaching the end of all that backlog,” said Giese. “We’re starting to see a leveling-out of the market.”  A slowdown in permits, and a future lag in installations, may reflect customer responses to the new tariffs. According to a Greentech Media review of Oahu building permits, permits issued to national leader Sunrun were down about 40 percent in the first seven months of 2019 compared to last year. Sunrun, which is a member of HSEA and among the top five installers in the state, told Greentech Media that “the permit numbers are not reflective of our company’s actual market size in Hawaii” because they don’t account for permits granted to the local channel partners the company works with.  Giese said the company’s permit falloff is symptomatic of the challenges facing the entire market, as it works to dramatically increase distributed generation and implement a state policy of 100 percent renewables by 2045. “There’s a bigger issue at play,” said Giese.  So long to the NEM "slam-dunk" With net metering no longer an option for Hawaii's solar customers, they have two programs to choose from: “Smart Export,” which requires an energy storage system that customers charge during the day and use for power at night, and “Customer Grid Supply Plus,” where they can export power to the grid throughout the day but receive less-enticing compensation.  Rather than the “slam-dunk” sales proposition associated with net metering, ProVision’s president, Marco Mangelsdorf, said the new programs can be confusing to consumers. “For NEM, it was so damn simple,” said Mangelsdorf. “[For] every kilowatt-hour that you fed into the grid, the homeowner would be compensated.” By comparison, the new tariff structures established by state regulators can be a hard sell because the economics are more difficult for companies to explain and for consumers to understand.  But Mangelsdorf also said the downturn in permits may signify that Hawaii’s tremendous growth of years past has hit a limit. He said the current pace of permits suggests 2019 will be another low year. “One can make the case that maybe this is the new normal, for at least the time being, and that the likelihood of going back to the stratospheric numbers between 2011 and 2015…those Pollyanna days are not likely to return,” said Mangelsdorf.  ProVision — a contractor that operates only on the Big Island and competes with Sunrun there — tracks Hawaii permits and tabulated that Sunrun’s losses across Hawaii’s islands are even higher than 40 percent. Mangelsdorf said it's “plausible” that permits from the company’s channel partners could make up its losses. But he argued that’s “unlikely” because the falloff is so steep.  Mangelsdorf suggested Sunrun’s challenges may stem from its dominance in installing Smart Export projects. In a July presentation, Hawaiian Electric Company reported that “currently the program is not working as originally designed.” The presentation also noted that one unidentified contractor was accounting for the vast majority of those projects. Sunrun declined to comment on its position in the state’s Smart Export market. Source: Hawaiian Electric Company While the new structures may have an outsized impact on what Giese calls “the big bear in the room,” he argues it’s not “a Sunrun issue.” Mangelsdorf said the tariff challenges are impacting many of the residential market’s players as regulators continue to tweak their structure for future iterations.  “The uncertainty and the interim nature of some of these tariffs gives a number of us in the industry cause for grief in terms of what comes next,” said Mangelsdorf. “How can you develop a business model that’s projecting beyond six, 12, 18 months with any confidence when you’re not sure what exactly you’re going to be selling in a year, or two, or three?”  Booms and busts are not uncommon in the solar industry, but Hawaii’s slip in residential solar installation rankings may foreshadow struggles for states pursuing similar policies. “Ideally we need to make Hawaii the testbed for what is possible for massive amounts of DERs,” said Giese. “All the companies in the world should be wanting to come to Hawaii to do business here because we are the tip of the spear for DER adoption.”
Aug 8, 2019 // Plants, Residential, Tariffs, Policy, Sunrun, Hawaii, HSEA, Will Giese, NEM, Marco Mangelsdorf

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