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Shared Solar

As of July 2021

CBRE Phase 2 (Molokai)

Hawaiian Electric is hosting a virtual stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, August 11, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to collect feedback from interested parties regarding Molokai shared solar projects, also known as the Community-Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) program.

Those interested can join the meeting online by going to, view it live on Akaku Maui Community TV channel 54, or watch a livestream of the meeting on Hawaiian Electric’s Facebook page. Participants may ask questions and provide feedback on shared solar for Molokai during the meeting. Feedback and questions can also be sent in advance to This virtual session will be recorded and available for post-event viewing on the Resources page.

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On March 30, 2021, the Company submitted a draft request for proposals (RFP) for shared solar projects on Molokai to the Public Utilities Commission for review. The Company will collect feedback at the August 11 meeting, as well as after the meeting, up to August 16, 2021, to consider for updates to the shared solar RFP for the island. The Company is reviewing Order No. 37879 received on July 27, 2021, requiring certain modifications and providing further guidance. A revised draft of the Molokai CBRE RFP will be filed by August 31, 2021. The current draft RFP and power purchase agreement for Molokai are available to download.

CBRE Phase 2 (All Islands)

Hawaiian Electric worked with other stakeholders in the Community-Based Renewable Energy Docket (2015-0389), as set forth in Public Utilities Commission Order No. 37592 to develop Phase 2 program improvements.

Phase 2 draft tariffs and RFPs were filed on March 30, 2021, for Commission review and approval. Other parties and participants to the docket filed comments on April 14, 2021. The Company is reviewing Order No. 37879 received on July 27, 2021, requiring certain modifications and providing further guidance. With the exception of the Molokai RFP, the order specified that Hawaiian Electric shall file the final CBRE Phase 2 RFPS by August 25, 2021. Hawaiian Electric is currently working to finalize these documents and meet the August 25, 2021 filing deadline.

After final approval by the Commission the RFPs will be opened and Hawaiian Electric will begin accepting proposals from potential Subscriber Organizations.

As with other large-scale renewable energy projects, the selected Subscriber Organizations will need to notify communities and neighbors near their planned projects and receive comments and suggestions before the projects may be approved by the Commission. Some smaller projects up to 5 megawatts on Oahu and 2.5 MW on Maui and Hawaii islands will not require Commission approval if they meet all requirements.

Hawaiian Electric will issue Phase 2 requests for proposals for LMI, Molokai and Lanai projects upon receiving approval to launch and any guidance from the Commission. Proposals would be due 60 days later. RFPs for shared solar projects not dedicated to LMI customers are anticipated to be issue approximately 120 days after launch approval with proposals due 60 days later.

For small projects below 250 kilowatts, Hawaiian Electric will begin accepting applications upon Commission approval of Phase 2 through the shared solar portal which will be open at that time.

Hawaiian Electric expects Phase 2 projects will be ready for subscriber enrollment starting in 2022.

Hawaiian Electric has developed an online CBRE (shared solar) Portal where customers will be able to subscribe to a project once the Subscriber Organization has added their project to the portal. This separate website is expected to go online for the public once Commission’s approval is issued. At that time, customers who are potential subscribers will be able to see all available projects on their island and determine which is best for them. Customers will then deal directly with the Subscriber Organizations to participate. The portal will be updated as new projects become available or other factors change.

Work on Phase 1 projects continues. The 28.32-kilowatt ROIZ project on Maui achieved commercial operation on Dec. 1, 2020. The 270kW Mililani Tech Solar 1 project on Oahu achieved commercial operation on Feb. 1, 2021. A contract has been signed for the 3-megawatt Palailai project in Kapolei on Oahu with construction expected to be finished in Q2 of 2022. Two other projects on Oahu, one on Hawaii Island and one on Molokai are still in development.

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CBRE Phase 2 application capacity for each island, Tranche 1

As of July 26, 2021 Oahu Maui Hawaii Lanai Molokai
Phase 2, Tranche 1 Program Capacity (kW) 90,000 15,975 15,000 3,000 2,750
Total Applied Capacity (kW) - - - - -
Available Capacity (kW) 90,000 15,975 15,000 3,000 2,750
Capacity in Queue (kW) - - - - -
# Applications in Queue - - - - -

CBRE Phase 2 capacity limits for individual projects, Tranche 1

Location Large Projects Small Projects LMI
Oahu 75 MW 15 MW Minimum 1 uncapped project
Maui 12.5 MW 2.5 + 975 kW from Phase 1 Minimum 1 uncapped project
Hawaii Island 12.5 MW 2.5 MW Minimum 1 uncapped project
Lanai 2.5 + 500 kW from Phase 1 -
Molokai 2.5 + 250 kW from Phase 1 -

CBRE Phase 2 capacity limits for individual projects, Tranche 2

Location Large Projects Small Projects
Oahu 75 MW 5 MW
Maui 12.5 MW 2.5 MW
Hawaii Island 12.5 MW 2.5 MW

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