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On September 3, the 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. Residents of Maui and Hawaii Island may express interest in a PUC-held community meeting by submitting written comments to the commission by October 4, 2021.
Following the meeting and any changes ordered by the commission, Hawaiian Electric will launch the application and request-for-proposals (RFP) process for new shared solar projects, including projects tailored for low-and-moderate income customers, on Hawaii Island, Maui, Lanai and Oahu. (Molokai projects will be handled separately.)
The Phase 2 application process is expected to be available for small projects (up to 250 kilowatts) on all islands but Molokai and Lanai. Projects that qualify during a four-month application window will be accepted on a first-come basis, up to the program’s capacity limit for each island.
Larger Phase 2 projects (250 kilowatts and above) will be procured through a formal RFP process. More details can be found on our Competitive Bidding for New Generation page.
After each project contracts with Hawaiian Electric, it 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.
- Program details awaiting final “go live” can be found on our CBRE Resources page.
- A Program Guide for small project subscriber organizations with a small project process overview will be available from this page after the program goes live.
Thank you for your patience as we launch this program.
As of August 2021
CBRE Phase 2 (Molokai)
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 received Order No. 37879 on July 27, 2021, requiring certain modifications and providing further guidance. A revised draft of the Molokai CBRE was filed on 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.
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.
CBRE Phase 2 application capacity for each island, Tranche 1
|As of October 18, 2021||Oahu||Maui||Hawaii||Lanai||Molokai|
|Phase 2, Tranche 1 Program Capacity (kW)||105,000||20,975||20,000||3,000||2,750|
|Total Applied Capacity (kW)||-||-||-||-||-|
|Available Capacity (kW)||105,000||20,975||20,000||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||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|
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