A Look At 8 Industrial-Sized Solar Farms Coming To Oahu

Energy from the sun in a New Mexico field
Energy from the sun in a New Mexico field

About 200,000 solar panels may soon cover about 160 open acres of land laced with kiawe trees and brush that stretch from the edges of Kamaile Academy to the base of the Waianae Mountains.

The 27.6-megawatt project is one of eight large solar farms planned for Oahu that are expected to break ground by the end of the year in order to take advantage of lucrative federal tax credits. Hawaiian Electric Co. announced that it had signed agreements to purchase the energy by December and the applications are currently awaiting approval by the Public Utilities Commission.

The PUC is expected to rule on each project separately.

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