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Molokai Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) RFP

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

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.


Molokai RFP

June 9, 2021

On March 29, 2021, Hawaiian Electric submitted the proposed plan for the Molokai Request for Proposals (“Molokai Plan”), which consists of a three-step approach to accelerate procurements on Molokai while also incorporating community and stakeholder input.

On June 3, the Commission provided notice that it will hold a Status Conference on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 1:00-3:00pm to review Hawaiian Electric’s Molokai Request for Proposals filed on March 29, 2021, the CBRE program for Molokai (filed in Docket 2015-0389), and stakeholders’ comments in response to these filings in the Molokai/Lanai RFP proceeding (Docket No. 2019-0178). The Commission will also livestream the Status Conference via YouTube for public viewing and will provide information about that YouTube link in the docket and on the Commission’s website, https://puc.hawaii.gov prior to the Status Conference.


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.


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.


CBRE RFP Interconnection Cost Estimates for Maui, Molokai, and Lanai Available for Review

August 21, 2020

To aid interested stakeholders in their review, updated drafts of RFP Appendix H, Interconnection Facilities and Cost Information, for Maui LMI, Molokai, and Lanai are now available for review. Changes were made from the July 9, 2020 versions to update technical information and cost estimates for various interconnection components. Final versions of RFP Appendix H for all islands will be filed as part of the CBRE RFPs on September 8, 2020.

Maui LMI: Adobe(.pdf)

Molokai: Adobe(.pdf)

Lanai: Adobe(.pdf)


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.


Molokai Site Visit Q&As

RFP Update (January 6, 2020)

A site visit at the site offered by the Company for the Molokai RFP was held on December 17, 2019. View the questions and answers raised during the Molokai Site visit.


Site Visits for Molokai and Lanai Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage RFPs

Molokai and Lanai RFP Update (December 4, 2019)

Maui Electric Company, Ltd. ("Company") is seeking proposals for the Variable Renewable Dispatchable Generation Paired with Energy Storage ("RFP") for the Company's Systems on the islands of Molokai and Lanai. For the purpose of siting projects to fulfill the RFPs, the Company is offering potential Proposers a site visit at the following locations and dates:

Molokai Site Visit

  • Date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (HST)
  • Location: Company's Palaau site

Lanai Site Visit

  • Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (HST)
  • Location: Pulama Site and the Company's interconnecting Miki Basin switchyard

Please note that attendees will be required to sign a waiver and hold harmless agreement.

For waiver forms and detailed information about the Molokai and Lanai site visits, please see the Molokai Competitive Bidding and Lanai Competitive Bidding pages respectively.