Hawaii, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Castle & Cooke Hawaii and SunPower Corporation have opened the 1.2-megawatt La Ola Solar Farm in Lana’i. La Ola, which is translated from Hawaiian as “sun that gives life,” is located on a 10-acre site in south Lana’i and is expected to produce enough power to supply up to 30 percent of the island’s peak electric demand.
The system, which uses SunPower trackers, is expected to generate approximately 3 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year. The power is being purchased by Maui Electric Company (MECO), and transmitted to Lana’i homes and businesses through MECO’s electric power grid.
“Castle & Cooke is committed to helping the state of Hawai’i achieve energy independence. With the dedication of Hawai’i’s largest solar farm, we are delivering on our commitment by bringing clean solar energy to the people of Lana’i,” said David Murdock, chairman and owner of Castle & Cooke Inc. “This state-of-the-art solar farm helps pave the way for Hawai’i to become a leader in the production of renewable energy. La Ola is just the first step of Castle & Cooke’s plans for renewable, sustainable energy.”