Lana’i City, Hawaii [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Castle & Cooke, Inc. signed a contract through its subsidiary, Lanai Sustainability Research, LLC, to build the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) farm in Hawaii.
The 1.5-megawatt (MW) solar farm will be built on a 10-acre site in south Lana’i by SunPower Corp., is expected to produce enough solar energy to supply up to 30 percent of the island’s electric demand.
“The time to move forward with renewable energy is now!” stated David H. Murdock, chairman and owner of Castle & Cooke, Inc. “Castle & Cooke is uniquely positioned on Lana’i to move forward to quickly meet — and exceed — the state’s mandate of 20 percent sustainability by 2020. With the support of the state and the counties, this agreement to build Hawaii’s largest solar farm is just the first step of our plans for renewable, sustainable energy.”
The project will use SunPower Tracker technology, whose single-axis design enables the solar panels to automatically follow the path of the sun throughout the day. This advanced tracking system will significantly increase energy capture by more than 500,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually.
“We applaud Castle & Cooke’s vision and commitment to use clean, renewable solar power,” said Howard Wenger, vice president of Global Business Units for SunPower. “Hawaii offers an ideal environment for solar power and, with this major project, Castle & Cooke is taking a leadership role in helping the state achieve its renewable energy goals.”