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    West O’ahu Solar + Storage

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    Community outreach

    Project contact information 

    If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to our Community Outreach Representative.

    Community Outreach Representative: Carrice Gardner 

    Email: AESWestOahuSolar@aes.com 

    Project Hotline: +1 (808) 800-3942 

     

    Regulatory approvals and community outreach

    Continuous outreach activities including meetings, correspondence and discussions with elected officials, Neighborhood Board members, Mālama Learning Center, Grace Pacific, Villages of Kapolei Association, Palehua Community Association, and Wai Kalo’i Community Association.

     

    Building Permit Comment Responses Submitted – May 2, 2022

    Grading Permit Received – April 29, 2022

    City and County of Honolulu Conditional Use Permit (minor) (CUP-m) - August 3, 2021

    • June 9-10, 2021 Public Hearing

             Agenda

             Public Comments & Correspondence

    City and County of Honolulu Conditional Use Permit (minor) (CUP-m) - August 3, 2021

    • June 9-10, 2021 Public Hearing

             Agenda

             Public Comments & Correspondence

    • March 17, 2021 Public Hearing

    Hawaii State Land Use Commission

    • January 6, 2021 Public Hearing

              Agenda, Minutes, and WebEx Recording 

              Notice of Public Hearing

              Presentation 

    State of Hawai‘i Special Use Permit  (SUP)

    • SUP Public and Agency Comment/Review

          Notification to area landowners, elected officials, Neighborhood Boards, area organizations, and community associations - October, 2020

    City & County of Honolulu Planning Commission

    Makakilo/Kapolei/Honokai Hale Neighborhood Board - August 26, 2020

             Agenda

             Minutes 

             Presentation 

    Environmental Assessment (EA)

    • EA Scoping - September, 2019
    • Draft EA Comment Period - April/May, 2020
    • FEA and FONSI - July, 2020

    Early-Stage Public Community Meeting - February 26, 2018

              Presentation

    Public Utilities Commission DOCKET no. 2019-0050


    Community Outreach Plan           Download Here

     

    Project benefits

    $20.2 Millioneconomic output

     

    Job creation and economic benefits 

    It is estimated that the Project construction would result in creation of 118 jobs and generate a total economic output of $20.2 million toward Hawai'i's economy. *

    $0.115/kWh

    less than the cost of fossil fuel 

     

    Low-cost renewable energy

    Under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) approved by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), the Project would deliver power at $0.115/kWh – less than the cost of fossil fuel power. *

    0.5%

     

     

    of O'ahu’s energy needs

     

    Hawai'i’s Energy

    Upon completion, the Project is anticipated to contribute approximately 0.5% of O'ahu’s energy needs. *

    750,270

     

     

    barrels of oil avoided

     

    Fuel source

    The project is expected to result in total avoided fuel consumption of 545,794 barrels of oil over its 25-year span.**

     

    *Two sources: Hawaii PUC Dockets 2019-0050, 2018-0436, 2018-0430; Exhibit 6

    Project overview

    map of the west oahu project

    West O’ahu Solar + Storage 

    • 12.5 MW solar photovoltaic
    • 50 MWh containerized lithium-ion battery energy storage
    • Feeds into Hawaiian Electric utility (HECO) electrical grid
    • Located in West O’ahu, on University of Hawai’i West O’ahu Mauka Land’s property
    • Utilizes up to 97 acres of land leased from University of Hawai’i West O’ahu (UHWO)
    • 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) – includes decommissioning and return of Project area to its existing condition (or comparable) at end of lifespan
    • Helps UHWO meet their 2035 net-zero mandate and provides a revenue stream to support higher education

    Project timeline

    Project Timeline

    Project details

    Collaboration and engagement

    AES Distributed Energy is deeply committed to becoming an active, invested member in the communities we serve.

    Throughout the process, AES has and will continue to engage and listen carefully to community feedback on the Project. Specific issues identified by the community thus far are actively being addressed and we continue to seek input to ensure we are responsibly examining concerns.

     

    Archaeological and cultural resources

    AES recognizes we have a responsibility to respectfully address archaeological and cultural resources early in the process. With this understanding, we started the project by undertaking the following actions:

    Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA)

    One of the initial steps in the process was to prepare a CIA in consultation with Native Hawaiian organizations, agencies and community members to obtain input regarding present and past uses, cultural sites, traditional gathering practices, cultural association and any associated cultural concerns and identify historic and cultural issues in the project area and region.

    Archaeological Inventory Survey (AIS)

    To identify and document any potential historic properties within the project area, an AIS was conducted, and is pending review by the State of Hawai’i Historic Preservation Division (SHPD).

     

    Agriculture

    Solar facilities are considered to be highly compatible with agriculture activities. AES has pursued partnerships with potential compatible agricultural operators early in the project development stage.

    Honey production

    Specific beekeeping requirements have been incorporated into the project site plan.

    Cattle production and grazing

    The area is currently used for cattle ranching. In consultation with an existing area rancher, rotational cattle grazing will be incorporated into compatible agricultural plans for the site.

     

    Visual impacts

    Community members have raised visual impacts as an important consideration.

    Sensitive siting

    As much as possible, the project will be designed and laid out to reduce visual impacts, especially from neighboring communities.

    Landscaping

    Where practicable, landscaping will be incorporated to further reduce visual impacts.

    Visual simulations and view planes

    To better understand the visual impacts, AES prepared renderings to simulate views of the project from various vantage points.

    Glint and glare

    A Glare analysis has been conducted from key observation points and conservative model results indicated very limited impact to commuters, residents, and air traffic.

    Visual simulations

    west oahu existing

    Existing conditions 

    Hawaii Simulated Conditions

    Simulated conditions 

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    West O'ahu simulated layouts

    shipping container

    Contact us

    We appreciate your interest and participation in Hawai’i’s renewable energy future. We look forward to hearing your ideas, thoughts and comments.

    Community Outreach Representative: Carrice Gardner

    Project Hotline: +1 (808) 800-3942

    Media 

    Lawaii project

    West Oahu solar project gets green light from the Public Utilities Commission

    Lawaii sheep

    State agency approves 80-acre solar project near UH West Oahu

     

    Green farmland from the air.

    PUC approves the AES West Oahu Solar Project (Hawaii: State Of Clean Energy)

    Hawai'i’s 100% clean energy future 

    Locally produced renewable energy

    In 2008, the State of Hawai’i established a goal to reduce the state’s reliance on imported fossil fuel and produce 100% of electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2045. In 2018, the Hawaiian Electric Companies (HECO) issued the largest ever Request for Proposals (RFP) for renewable energy in the state’s history. Through that process, eight projects were selected including AES Clean Energy's West O’ahu Solar + Storage Project.

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