Community input sought on proposed solar project in Keaau

In an effort to increase the amount of solar energy production on Hawaii Island, juwi Inc. is seeking community input on its proposed large-scale solar energy project in Keaau. A community open house is slated for 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in the Keaau High School library.

The proposed 32-megawatt photovoltaic solar array with a 128-megawatt battery storage system would generate more than 70 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year.

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“Hawaii is positioned to lead the nation in the transition to clean, renewable energy, and we recognize the importance of community outreach to get the right input before moving forward,” stated Mark Marion, senior vice president of the projects group at juwi Hawaii.

As part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ Renewable Energy request for proposals, juwi Inc. is in active discussions with community stakeholders. The upcoming open house will provide details about the proposed project, allow for discussions and gain community feedback.

The project is proposed to have about 100,000 solar panels that would span 180-350 acres in Keaau. A project of this magnitude would result in millions in local tax dollars and create hundreds of jobs during the construction phase, which is expected to last up to 10 months.

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Comments and feedback on the proposal can also be submitted online at www.juwihawaii.com.

Keaau High School is located at 16-725 Keaau-Pahoa Road.

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