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Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Tranche 1 RFPs

On April 9, 2020 the PUC issued Order No. 37070 (PDF) in the CBRE docket (2015-0389) instructing Hawaiian Electric to Commence Phase 2 of the CBRE Program. CBRE, also called Shared Solar, provides a way for participating subscribers without privately-owned rooftop solar to benefit from electricity generated by a renewable energy facility located in their utility service territory. As a result, the Companies have developed several different RFPs including: LMI CBRE RFPs for Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island; Tranche 1 CBRE RFPs for Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island; a Molokai CBRE RFP; and a Lanai CBRE RFP. The Companies are excited for this opportunity to allow access to renewable energy benefits to a wider array of customers.

Visit the Community Based-Renewable Energy Resources page for more information about the Shared Solar Program. Details on the CBRE RFPs can be found in Docket 2015-0389 and in the information below:

RFP Process

RFP Development
Bid Submission
Bid Evaluation
Project Selection

Updated CBRE Tranche 1 RFPs - Appendix K-2: Project Specific Addendum for the Mid-Tier Standard Form Contract (Maui and Hawaii Island)

September 26, 2022

“Appendix K-2: Project Specific Addendum for the Mid-Tier Standard Form Contract (Maui and Hawaii Island)” on the CBRE Tranche 1 RFP Documents page has been updated to reflect the corrected document as identified in the April 11, 2022 posting. The previous version of Appendix K-2 was inadvertently posted to the above referenced page on April 14, 2022.


Recording of the CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs – Lump Sum Payment and Bill Credit Training

April 28, 2022

On April 25, 2022, Hawaiian Electric held a CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs – Lump Sum Payment and Bill Credit Training. A recording of the training session and the presentation slides can be found via the respective links.

As stated during the training session, the presentation slides have been updated to reflect the most current information. If, however, any further inconsistencies are discovered, the terms and documents of the Shared Solar Program RFP's shall control. Please contact us at CBRERFP@hawaiianelectric.com if you should discover any errors or inconsistencies with the video and training material. Any updates will be posted to the CBRE Q&A for these RFPs. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.


Additional Training Opportunity for CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs

April 18, 2022

Hawaiian Electric will offer a training event for prospective Proposers to the Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs. This session will provide information on the CBRE program (also known as “shared solar”) with a focus on the Lump Sum Payment and Bill Credit aspects of the program. Please email CBRERFP@hawaiianelectric.com for registration information.

Meeting Details

  • Date: April 25, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am HST
  • Location: Webex

Final Tranche 1 CBRE RFPs Issued

April 14, 2022

On April 14, 2022 at 4 pm HST, Hawaiian Electric issued its Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Phase 2 Request for Proposals (RFP) for Tranche 1 (T1) subscribers, in accordance with Order No. 38217 (PDF) issued on February 8, 2022 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389). The RFP and supporting documents are available for download on the CBRE Tranche 1 RFP Documents page.

Bidders must submit proposals via Power Advocate, an electronic procurement platform. Information for PowerAdvocate Platform registration and technical support can be found in Appendix B and Appendix D of the RFP.

PowerAdvocate Platform support is available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time (3:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. HST) Monday to Friday, except for major US holidays posted on the PowerAdvocate website, both by phone: (857) 453-5800 and by e-mail: support@poweradvocate.com.

All questions or comments regarding the RFP shall be submitted to the Company via CBRERFP@hawaiianelectric.com.


Updated CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs - Appendix K-2: Project Specific Addendum for the Mid-Tier Standard Form Contract (Maui and Hawaii Island)

April 11, 2022

Upon further review of “Appendix K-2: Project Specific Addendum for the Mid-Tier Standard Form Contract (Maui and Hawaii Island),” two issues were identified for modification:

  1. Section 3.F (“Voltage Phase Angle Change Ride-Through”) and Section 3.G (“Rate of Change Frequency (“ROCOF”)”) of Attachment F of the Oahu version of the Project Specific Addendum for the Mid-Tier Standard Form Contract were not included in the Maui and Hawaii Island version. These sections have been included in the revision.
  2. Outdated/incorrect numbering of section references. These references were modified accordingly.

Appendix K-2: Project Specific Addendum for the Mid-Tier Standard Form Contract (Maui and Hawaii Island)” has been revised and a redlined version is provided for reference.


Recording of the CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs - Technical Training for Contracts

March 30, 2022

On March 29, 2022, Hawaiian Electric held a CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs - Technical Training for Contracts. A recording of the training session and the presentation slides can be found via the respective links.

The Company has reviewed the provided video and training material for accuracy and consistency with the Shared Solar Program RFP's and its required documents. If, however, any inconsistencies are discovered, the terms and documents of the Shared Solar Program RFP's shall control. Please contact us at CBRERFP@hawaiianelectric.com if you should discover any errors or inconsistencies with the video and training material. Any updates will be posted to the CBRE Q&A for these RFPs. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.


Proposer's Conference Webinar for the LMI and Tranche 1 CBRE RFPs

March 24, 2022

A prerecorded Proposer’s Conference for the LMI and Tranche 1 CBRE RFPs is available for viewing.


Training Opportunity for CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs

March 23, 2022

Hawaiian Electric will offer a CBRE training event for prospective Proposers on the performance requirements for the CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs, Mid-Tier Standard Form Contracts (Mid-Tier SFCs) and the Renewable Dispatchable Generation Power Purchase Agreements (RDG PPAs). Please email CBRERFP@hawaiianelectric.com for registration information.

Meeting Details

  • Date: March 29, 2022
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am HST
  • Location: Webex

LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs Draft Filing

February 25, 2022

On February 23, 2022, Hawaiian Electric filed the revised shared solar program for Community-Based Renewable Energy (“CBRE”) Program Phase 2 Tariffs, RFPs and Model Contracts for Low- and Moderate-Income and Trance 1 in accordance with Order No. 38217 (PDF) issued on February 8, 2022 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389). The LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs will be approved automatically 15 days after the filing, unless otherwise ordered by the Public Utilities Commission. Please visit Community Based-Renewable Energy Resources for more information about this filing.


Shared Solar – Letter Addressing Community Concerns

January 12, 2022

On January 11, 2022, Hawaiian Electric filed a letter summarizing its proposed actions for the CBRE LMI and Tranche 1 RFPs to address community concerns raised at CBRE community meetings. The proposed modifications are being provided to the Commission for consideration in the Commission’s own review of community concerns. Hawaiian Electric also welcomes further community feedback on the proposed modifications.


Shared Solar

September 1, 2021

On August 25, 2021, Hawaiian Electric filed the revised shared solar program for Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") Program Phase 2 Tariffs, RFPs and Model Contracts for Low- and Moderate-Income, Tranche 1, and Lānaʻi in accordance with Order No. 37879 (PDF) issued on July 27, 2021 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389). The Molokaʻi CBRE RFP and Model Contracts were filed on August 31, 2021, also in accordance with Order No. 37879. All CBRE RFPs will be approved automatically 15 days after their filing, unless otherwise ordered by the Public Utilities Commission.

Please visit the Shared Solar page for more information about this program. A Navigation Guide has been created to assist in finding specific documents within the filing including links to individual PDFs of each section of the filings and redlines.


Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE")

April 5, 2021

On March 30, 2021, Hawaiian Electric filed the revised shared solar program for Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") Program Phase 2 Tariffs, RFPs and Model Contracts for Low- and Moderate-Income, Tranche 1, Molokai, and Lanai for the Commission's review and further action in accordance with Order No. 37592 (PDF) issued on January 29, 2021 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389).

Please visit the Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") page for more information about this program. A Navigation Guide (PDF) has been created to assist in finding specific documents within the filing including links to individual PDFs of each section of this filing and redlines.


Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE")

December 9, 2020

On December 1, 2020, Hawaiian Electric filed the proposed final shared solar program for Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") Program Phase 2 RFPs and model contracts for Tranche 1 for the Commission's review and further action in accordance with Order No. 37070 (PDF) issued on April 9, 2020 and amended by Order No. 37139 issued on May 14, 2020 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389). Please visit the Community Based-Renewable Energy Resources page for more information about this filing. Shared solar, or CBRE, provides a way for participating subscribers without privately-owned rooftop solar to benefit from electricity generated by a renewable energy facility located in their utility service territory. The Tranche 1 RFPs will be for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.

Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE")

October 19, 2020

On October 9, 2020, Hawaiian Electric filed the draft Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") Program Phase 2 RFPs and model contracts for Tranche 1 for the Commission's review and further action in accordance with Order No. 37070 (PDF) issued on April 9, 2020 and amended by Order No. 37139 issued on May 14, 2020 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389). Please visit the Community Based-Renewable Energy Resources page for more information about this filing. CBRE provides a way for participating subscribers without privately-owned rooftop solar to benefit from electricity generated by a renewable energy facility located in their utility service territory. The Tranche 1 RFPs will be for Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, but for ease of review due to their similarities, only the Maui version of the RFP has been filed.

The Commission has scheduled a Webex Technical Conference on the draft Tranche 1 RFPs for Wednesday October 28, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

The Commission will post a direct link to the technical conference on the Commission’s CBRE website: https://puc.hawaii.gov/energy/cbre/

On October 6, 2020, Hawaiian Electric also filed documents related to the Lanai CBRE RFP and the model contracts for the Low to Moderate Income and Molokai CBRE RFPs. To proactively address potential concerns that there may not be a sufficient CBRE customer market to fill 3 MW of CBRE capacity, the Company has proposed revisions to the draft final Lanai RFP and PPA (since the September 9 Filing).

Also included in the filing is a corrected version of the Oahu Mid Tier Standard Form Contract (“SFC”) and DC term sheets for the Mid-Tier PV SFC and the Large PV PPA. The version of the Oahu Mid-Tier SFC filed on September 9 inadvertently included the wrong Attachment F. The DC term sheets are newly developed for use at the Proposer’s discretion if proposing a DC coupled (versus AC coupled) PV+BESS project.

Documents from the October 6, 2020 filing can be accessed at the Community Based-Renewable Energy Resources page.


Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE")

October 19, 2020

On October 8, 2020, the Commission issued Order No. 37349, amending the procedural order to allow Parties and Participants to file comments on the Company’s September 8 and October 6 filings by October 26, 2020.


CBRE – Maui Tranche 1 RFP

Waena Site (October 2, 2020)

The Company plans to offer a portion of its Waena property in central Maui (Waena Site) in the upcoming Tranche 1 CBRE RFP. More details will be provided with the draft RFP to be filed on October 9, 2020.


Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE")

September 14, 2020

Hawaiian Electric filed the proposed final Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") Program Phase 2 Tariff and Appendices, and RFPs and model contracts for Low and Moderate Income ("LMI") customers, Molokai and Lanai for the Commission's review and further action in accordance with Order No. 37070 (PDF) issued on April 9, 2020 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389). Please visit the Community Based-Renewable Energy Resources for more information about this filing. Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") provides a way for participating subscribers without privately-owned rooftop solar to benefit from electricity generated by a renewable energy facility located in their utility service territory.

Further details describing the details of the CBRE RFPs will be provided on this page.

The Company is excited for this opportunity to allow access to renewable energy benefits to a wider array of customers.


Land RFI Results being made available to Developers interested in CBRE Phase 2 Renewable Dispatchable Generation RFPs

August 20, 2020

Hawaiian Electric is now making available the results of the Land Request for Information (Land RFI) to developers (Subscriber Organizations) interested in participating in the upcoming Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Phase 2. Land sites and, where offered, rooftop space locations are available for the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii.

Please see the Land RFI page for more information.


CBRE Phase 2 Renewable Dispatchable Power Purchase Agreement ("RDG PPA") for PV+Storage Available for Review

July 17, 2020

To aid interested stakeholders in their review, a draft of the Model Renewable Dispatchable Generation Power Purchase Agreement ("RDG PPA") for PV+Storage is now available for review in Microsoft Word Document format. Minor clean-up edits have been made to the version filed on July 9, 2020. This contract will be available for projects larger than 2.5 MW on Maui and Molokai and larger than 5 MW on Oahu. The attached version is tailored for Maui. Island-specific modifications will be made for the final RFP filing. A wind version of the RDG PPA will also be made available. This contract will be negotiable in the respective RFPs.

Word(.doc) | Adobe(.pdf)


Community Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE")

July 13, 2020

Hawaiian Electric filed the Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") Program Phase 2 Draft Tariff and Appendices, and RFPs and model contracts for Low and Moderate Income ("LMI") customers, Molokai and Lanai for the Commission's review and further action in accordance with Order No. 37070 (PDF) issued on April 9, 2020 in the CBRE docket (2015-0389). Please visit the Community Based-Renewable Energy Resources page for more information about this filing. Community-Based Renewable Energy ("CBRE") provides a way for participating subscribers without privately-owned rooftop solar to benefit from electricity generated by a renewable energy facility located in their utility service territory.

Further details describing the details of the CBRE RFPs will be provided on this page.

The Company is excited for this opportunity to allow access to renewable energy benefits to a wider array of customers.