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Land Request for Information

Hawaiian Electric is extending an open, informal invitation to landowners interested in making land available for siting future utility scale renewable energy projects and to rooftop owners interested in siting future renewable energy projects on their structures on Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii Island.

In order to achieve a 100% renewable energy future by 2045, Hawaiian Electric1 is soliciting renewable energy projects through request for proposals (RFPs). Renewable energy technologies typically require a considerable amount of land, which is limited on each island. The Company, through this request for information (RFI), is seeking information on available land and rooftop space for siting utility-scale renewable energy projects on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii. These renewable energy projects will help achieve Hawaii's Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) goals of 40% by 2030, 70% by 2040 and 100% by 2045 and help ensure renewable energy is accessible to all customers.

The objective of this RFI is to identify interested landowners who are willing to make land available for siting utility-scale renewable energy projects on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii. The Company is also looking for owners of rooftop space who are willing to make such rooftops available for siting renewable energy projects on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii for the Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) program. The CBRE program has been approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission and its objective as stated by Act 100 is to enable all Hawaii residents to participate in and enjoy the economic, environmental and societal benefits of renewable energy, particularly renters and others who are unable to access the benefits of onsite clean energy generation. CBRE projects may vary in size and be developed on land or rooftops.

The Company intends to offer the information gathered to interested renewable energy project developers as part of future utility-scale renewable energy and CBRE procurement processes. If after reviewing the information a developer is interested in pursuing a project proposal utilizing any of the properties or rooftops identified through this RFI, the developer will be asked to work directly with the landowner/rooftop owner to discuss any purchase or leasing arrangements required to utilize the land/rooftop space. Such discussions and negotiations will need to be completed separately from this RFI solicitation without any involvement from Hawaiian Electric. The goal of this RFI is simply to assist prospective developers in identifying potential sites for future renewable energy project development.

Depending on the market response to the RFI, the Company may periodically reissue this request in the future to capture updated land/rooftop availability and information.

Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. are each doing business as “Hawaiian Electric” and have jointly registered “Hawaiian Electric” as a trade name with the State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, as evidenced by Certificate of Registration No. 4235929, dated December 20, 2019.


Submit Your Information

Interested parties are asked to submit the requested information via email to landrfi@hawaiianelectric.com by July 12, 2020. (Only if email is unavailable, please send your information via fax to (808) 203-1428.)


For Landowners - Information Required

In your email, please provide the following:

Island Specify if the property is on the island of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, or Hawaii
Land Size Acres of land that are available (minimum 1 acre); If more than one site, specify each site’s acreage separately (minimum size of 1 acre per site)
Tax Map Key(s) Specify in 9-digit2 TMK(s) format

(If providing information for multiple sites, please provide a table in the email or add a table attachment to the email to ensure the information is displayed clearly.)

Please provide your complete contact information:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Company Name
  • Address

Island Number (1 digit); Zone Number (1 digit); Section Number (1 digit); Plat Number (3 digits, add leading zeros if less than 3 digits); Parcel Number (3 digits, add leading zeros if less than 3 digits).


For Rooftop Owners - Information Required

In your email, please provide the following:

Island Specify if the rooftop space is on the island of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, or Hawaii
Rooftop Space Square feet of useable space (minimum of 3,200 square feet); If more than one rooftop site, specify each rooftop useable space (minimum size of 3,200 square feet per rooftop site)
Name of Building(s) If applicable
Address of Building(s) Complete address to identify the building location

(If providing information for multiple rooftops, please provide a table in the email or add a table attachment to the email to ensure the information is displayed clearly.)

Please provide your complete contact information:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Email
  • Company Name
  • Address

This is Not a Request for Proposals

The RFI is being solicited to offer potential development locations to project developers intending to propose renewable energy projects into future Company RFPs or to develop projects 50 kW and larger in the Company’s CBRE program on the Islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, and Hawaii. The RFI is not an RFP related to a specific project or solicitation of development for a single project proposal. Neither this RFI nor the disclosure of the information shall result in any obligation on the part of either the Company or respondents to this RFI to enter into any further agreement with the other with respect to the subject matter hereof, to purchase any products or services from the other, or to require the Company to disclose any particular information to the respondents. Nothing in this RFI shall imply any partnership or joint venture between the Company and any respondent or be construed as making either the agent of the other.

By submitting your land or rooftop information and your contact information in response to this RFI, you expressly agree (1) that Hawaiian Electric may share information on your available land or rooftop with project developers who execute a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement, and (2) that you agree to the other terms and conditions set forth in this RFI. The information you share with Hawaiian Electric will be kept confidential and only shared with prospective proposers to future RFPs who execute a confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement with Hawaiian Electric.


Questions from Interested Parties

If a landowner or rooftop owner would like additional information or clarification, they may submit questions in writing to landrfi@hawaiianelectric.com.

A pdf version of the information on this webpage is available here.

The Company looks forward to receiving Respondents’ responses.