waste disposal site planned to provide clean renewable energy
Forest City Hawaii and Hawaiian Electric Company
have reached a power purchase agreement for up to one megawatt
of solar photovoltaic power to be generated at the Kapolei Sustainable
Energy Park in Kapolei, Oahu. Hoku Solar will design and install
the project using more than 4,200 solar panels atop a concrete
The contract must be approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities
Commission with input from Consumer Advocate. The goal is to
be operational by the end of 2011, subject to regulatory approval.
The 12-acre site near the James Campbell Industrial Park was
an industrial disposal site until 1986. Under an order from the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), dumping was halted and
the site sealed under a plastic liner and thick mound of asphalt.
Because the cap must be undisturbed, the site has been unusable
until the James Campbell Company proposed it be used for a solar
plant. PV panels can be installed directly on the surface, allowing
“brightfields” to operate on sites not suitable for most other
forms of development.
This innovative use for the site recognized the State’s need
for renewable energy and is consistent with the vision of sustainability
for Kapolei and with the Campbell Company’s history of stewardship.