Hawaii panel signs off on Molokai renewable energy project

Hawaii panel signs off on Molokai renewable energy project
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HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has cleared the way for a large-scare renewable energy project on Molokai.

The commission approved a power purchase agreement Monday for the island's first grid-scale solar and battery energy storage project, which aims to lower electric costs for customers and make up nearly half of Molokai's renewable energy production.

Molokai New Energy Partners will own and operate the facility that will be built on vacant industrial land owned by Molokai Ranch. The facility will sell electricity to the Maui Electric Company.

The project will include 4.88 megawatts of solar panels. Its battery system will be able to store energy and discharge up to 2.6 megawatts during peak hours.

The Maui Electric Company expects the project to be in service by the end of 2019.

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