Energy project in Hawaii could surpass 2030 renewable goal

Updated: Jun. 9, 2017 at 4:38 AM HST
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LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - An energy project on the Hawaii island Kauai could set the island on a track to surpass the new goal of 70 percent energy generation from renewable resources by 2030.

The Garden Island reports Kauai Island Utility Cooperative officials presented a progress report on the pumped storage hydro project this week.

The project will store power like a battery. It will use electrical power from photovoltaic panels to push water up a hill from a lower reservoir during the day. Then, in the evening, the water flows back down the hill, through turbines.

The cooperative has been working on the project for a few years and land agreements are expected to take a few months. Once the agreements are solidified, three years of engineering, studying and permitting is expected.

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