Hawaiian Electric seeks approval for 45.9-MW solar project of First Wind

Hawaiian Electric is seeking approval, by May 4 or as soon as reasonably practicable, of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) relating to a 45.9-MW (ac) net photovoltaic project proposed by Waiawa PV LLC (WPV), which is to be located in Waiawa on the island of Oahu.

“Time is of the essence under the PPA, and WPV’s ability to achieve ‘Constructions Milestones’ is crifically important,” said the Dec. 4 application, one of several that the utility filed that day for solar project PPAs. The developer said it doesn’t think the project can be successfully developed without a financial close in July. Commission approval of the PPA for the Waiawa Project would need to be received by May 4 in order for any appeal period to pass in time to allow financial closing to occur in July. The “Guaranteed Commercial Operations Date” will be Dec. 31, 2016, prior to the expiration of the federal Investment Tax Credit at the end of 2016.

WPV is a wholly owned subsidiary of Waiawa PV Holdings LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Wind Solar Portfolio LLC, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Wind Holdings LLC.

The solar PV facility will be located in Central Oahu in the City and County of Honolulu, in an area situated adjacent to the H-2 Freeway, just north of the Ka Uka Boulevard interchange. The proposed interconnection for the facility involves the construction of a new 138-kV switching station (Akau Substation) and extensions of new 138-kV overhead lines from the switching station, about 169 feet, to the existing Kahe-Wahiawa 138-kV transmission line that crosses the project site.

On Jan. 28, Hawaiian Electric and the Division of Consumer Advocacy of the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs filed a suggested case review schedule.

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