Mayor Kenoi Launches Solar Powered Green Government Initiative

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Mayor Billy Kenoi officially turned on the 250-kilowatt solar photovoltaic project at the West Hawai‘i Civic Center (WHCC) in Kailua-Kona today, converting the 80,000-square-foot complex to 100 percent solar power.

Solar panels at the West Hawaii Civic Center

Solar panels at the West Hawaii Civic Center

The project, owned by SunRun, Inc., will sell energy to the County of Hawai‘i under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (“PPA“) at half the current electricity rates. During hours when the project produces more than the needs of the WHCC, excess power will be sold to HELCO under the first “Feed-In Tariff” agreement on the Island of Hawai‘i.

The mayor lauded the project as an example of the County’s commitment to clean, renewable energy. “This PV system harnesses the power from the sun, saves county government $46,000 a year and creates more stability in the price of electricity,” said Kenoi. “And we sell any excess energy back to HELCO.”

“We congratulate the County of Hawai‘i as the first to take advantage of our new feed-in tariff. The leaders of our County are doing a great job of leading by example to move Hawai‘i Island to energy independence,” said Jay Ignacio, HELCO president.

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