Empowering Hawaii to Thrive
In 2019, Clearway Energy Group brought online three grid-scale solar power projects. The projects at Kawailoa, Waipio, and Mililani total 110 megawatts (MW) and will generate low-cost, renewable energy equivalent to that used by about 18,000 Oahu homes each year. The three projects represent the largest block of grid-scale solar power ever developed in Hawaii.
Hawaiian Electric’s 20-MW West Loch Solar Project, a collaboration with the U.S. Department of the Navy, goes online in 2019 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam West Loch Annex.
The completion of large grid-scale projects and thousands of residential solar systems provides the largest-ever annual increase in solar capacity on Hawaiian Electric's five island systems. Total solar capacity surged 21 percent, increasing from 745 cumulative installed megawatts in 2018 to 902 megawatts at the end of 2019. It was the largest one-year increase since the company began tracking solar capacity in 2005.
At the end of 2019, Hawaiian Electric is named “Utility of the Year” by Utility Dive, a leading energy industry publication. In its coverage of the award, Utility Dive wrote: “Hawaiian Electric is advancing across a range of issues transforming the power sector, from renewables to electric vehicles to new business models.”
In January 2020, the three utilities that serve 95 percent of Hawaii's residents are united under a common name: Hawaiian Electric. For six years, Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries have worked to align operations and share resources to work more efficiently and deliver greater value to customers. With operations across Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Molokai and Lanai, the familiar Hawaiian Electric name reflects a strong, united enterprise of 2,700 employees serving more than 460,000 customers.
In 2020, construction of the Aloha Solar Energy Fund II and Mauka FIT 1 is expected to be completed. Once in service, these two solar projects will generate 8.5 MW in total.
Hawaiian Electric pledges an all-electric passenger fleet by 2035, joining a nationwide collaborative commitment in 2020 to the electrification of transportation. At the end of 2020, Hawaiian Electric achieves a 35% RPS, surpassing its year-end goal of 30%
In support of electrification of transportation, Hawaiian Electric debuts “The Electric Garage” in 2021 as a resource for navigating the evolving electric ground transportation industry in Hawaii.