SolarCity hired for 15-MW Hawaiian system

SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) has been selected by Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) to build a 15-MW photovoltaic system to serve O’ahu residents.

The 50-acre project will be constructed on undeveloped land at the Kahe Generating Station, subject to Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approval. SolarCity, with local operations in Mililani, was selected through a competitive procurement process to construct the project, which will be owned and operated by Hawaiian Electric.

The utility has filed a request with the PUC to develop the facility on undeveloped land at the Kahe Generating Station.

Hawaiian Electric is pursuing development of four solar units and one wind project with a combined capacity of 64 MW.

HECO is part of Hawaiian Electric Industries (NYSE:HE). HECO recently said it will deactivate or mothball its Honolulu oil-fired power plant effective Jan. 31, 2014,

Based on Hawaiian Electric’s preliminary estimates and current fuel costs, the project, over its lifespan, would reduce the overall cost of generating electricity on O’ahu by $64m while displacing approximately 1.8 million gallons of oil per year, Solar City said.

Pending regulatory approval and the completion of necessary environmental and cultural reviews, the system is expected to be operational by the end of 2015. The project is planned to directly connect with the grid through Hawaiian Electric’s 46-kV sub-transmission.

SolarCity previously announced that it has been selected by Kaua’i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) to build a 14-MW (MW) DC (12MW AC) solar facility on 67 acres near the town of Kōloa.

Solar City had announced Oct. 22 that it had begun work on a 1-MW solar system the South Central Regional Water Authority in Hamden, CT.

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