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Latest Shared Solar News
- Jan. 12, 2023 - Hawaiian Electric and Hoahu Energy Cooperative Molokai are moving ahead with the state’s first two community-owned and -designed solar plus battery projects. These projects could meet over 20% of Molokai’s energy needs and serve an estimated 1,500 households on the island. Read more in our news release.
- Nov. 22, 2022 - On November 15, 2022, Hawaiian Electric selected a total of seven solar projects on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui for the LMI CBRE RFP. These projects were selected after a competitive evaluation of both price and non-price factors. Read more in our news release.
- July 25, 2022 - Hawaiian Electric has selected a new developer, DG Development & Acquisition, LLC, to build and maintain Lanai Solar as part of the Lanai CBRE RFP. It would be the island's largest utility-scale renewable energy project and the first to offer shared solar. Lanai Solar replaces an earlier project announced in April; a contract could not be finalized. Read more in our news release.
- July 1, 2022 - For small projects (up to 250 kilowatts) on Oahu, Maui Island and Hawaii Island, Hawaiian Electric's four-month procurement window started on March 10, 2022, and is set to end on July 11, 2022. At that point, Hawaiian Electric will continue with open procurement on small projects on a "first-come, first-serve" application basis and at a fixed credit rate per island. Interested developers are encouraged to register and apply for project capacity on the CBRE Portal starting on July 11, 2022.
- May 25, 2022 - Interested solar developers are invited to join Hawaiian Electric’s shared solar team for a virtual presentation on June 7, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. HST to learn more about the program and shared solar project opportunities. Email email@example.com to RSVP and receive a Teams meeting link.
- April 28, 2022 - On April 20, 2022, Hawaiian Electric selected a Project for the Lanai CBRE RFP. Onyx Development Group’s project, Mikiola Solar, was selected after a competitive evaluation of both price and non-price factors. Read more in our news release.
- March 11, 2022 - Hawaiian Electric launches new webpage for existing and potential subscribers to access resources.
- Nov. 22, 2021 - Hawaiian Electric issued the Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Program Phase 2 Requests for Proposal (RFP) for Molokai and Lanai. The RFP and supporting documents are available for download from the Molokai CBRE RFP and Lanai CBRE RFP document pages and have also been filed with the Public Utilities Commission.
- Nov. 4, 2021 - Hawaiian Electric filed the revised shared solar program RFP & Rule 29 for the Community-Based Renewable Energy Program Phase 2 RFPs Tranche 1, Molokai, and Lanai for the Commission's review and approval. See the CBRE Resources page for the complete revised draft filing.
- Sept. 3, 2021 - Public Utilities Commission temporarily paused the application and request-for-proposals process for the shared solar program. Within the next 45 days, the commission will schedule an Oahu community meeting to address potential concerns.
- Aug. 31, 2021 - A revised draft of the Molokai CBRE was filed with the PUC. The current draft RFP and power purchase agreement for Molokai are available to download.
Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) Phase 2
What is CBRE Phase 2?
CBRE Phase 2 (now known as shared solar) is now open to photovoltaic projects that may or may not include batteries. It allows customers who cannot put solar panels on their own roof, including renters, apartment residents and small commercial customers, to participate in the renewable energy movement and save money.
Unlike Phase 1, which was limited to 8 megawatts, Phase 2 will be open to about 250 MW of renewable generation across the five islands Hawaiian Electric serves, including Molokai and Lanai. The second phase places special emphasis on opportunities for low-to-moderate-income residential customers to participate. In addition to private companies and organizations, Hawaiian Electric will be able to develop projects and recruit subscribers under certain conditions.
Where is Phase 2?
The Phase 2 application process for small projects (up to 250 kilowatts) on Oahu, Maui Island and Hawaii Island started on March 10, 2022. After concluding a four-month competitive procurement window on July 11, 2022, Hawaiian Electric will continue to accept small project applications, at a fixed credit rate ($0.15 for Oahu and Hawaii Island, $0.165 for Maui) up to the program capacity for each island or otherwise directed by the Public Utilities Commission.
Larger Phase 2 projects (250 kilowatts and above) are being procured through a formal RFP process. More details can be found on our Competitive Bidding for New Generation page.
How can I participate?
After each project contracts with Hawaiian Electric, subscriber organizations will be able to recruit and sign-up customers to participate on the island where it is located.
Potential subscriber organizations and developers interested in small projects can register on the shared solar portal at https://communityenergyhawaii.com to be ready for the release of the small project capacity. Here are instructions on how to register as a subscriber organization applicant. Potential participating customers do not need to register at present.
Hawaiian Electric expects Phase 2 projects will be ready for individual subscribers to enroll starting in the second half of 2022. Hawaiian Electric has developed an online shared solar portal where customers will be able to subscribe to a project once the Subscriber Organization has added their project to the portal.
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CBRE Phase 2 application capacity for each island, Tranche 1
|As of March 20, 2023||Oahu||Maui||Hawaii||Lanai||Molokai|
|Phase 2, Tranche 1 Program Capacity (kW)||75,000||12,500||12,500||3,000||2,750|
|Active applications (kW)||-||-||-||3,000||2,450|
|Available Capacity (kW)||75,000||12,500||12,500||0||300|
|No. Active Applications||1||-||4||1||2|
|Total Applied Capacity (kW)||8,055||-||6,000||3,000||-|
|LMI Allocated (kW)||6,000||8,000||9,000||-||-|
|LMI No. Allocated||1||3||3||-||-|
CBRE Phase 2 capacity limits for individual projects, Tranche 1
|Location||Mid-Tier & Large Projects||Small Projects||LMI|
|Oahu||75 MW||30 MW||Minimum 1 uncapped project|
|Maui||12.5 MW||7.5 MW + 975 kW from Phase 1||Minimum 1 uncapped project|
|Hawaii Island||12.5 MW||7.5 MW||Minimum 1 uncapped project|
|Lanai||2.5 MW + 500 kW from Phase 1||-|
|Molokai||2.5 MW + 250 kW from Phase 1||-|
CBRE Phase 2 capacity limits for individual projects, Tranche 2
|Location||Large Projects||Small Projects|
|Hawaii Island||12.5 MW||TBD|