Hawaii plans big solar arrays at airports, harbors

Environment News Service: Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle has unveiled a plan to develop large solar power arrays at 12 locations around the sunny state, highlighting what she calls “her administration’s commitment to developing renewable energy in Hawaii.”

Under the plan, the state Department of Transportation, DOT, Airports Division is soliciting proposals from private companies to develop photovoltaic systems that could generate as much as 34 megawatts of electricity at 11 DOT sites, as well as the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone in downtown Honolulu. All 12 systems are scheduled to be completed and operational within the next 24 months. The project originated when the DOT researched possible renewable energy sources for Kona International Airport on the Big Island in order to take advantage of the location’s year-round sunny weather to help reduce electricity costs.

The solar power project was then expanded to other DOT sites. Installation work is now scheduled at Honolulu International Airport and airports on all the other main islands; at Honolulu harbor and at Nawiliwili harbor on Kauai; and DOT Highway Division district offices on Oahu and Kauai….

Photo of Kona Airport in Hawaii from National Asphalt Pavement Association.

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