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1.2MW Hawaii solar farm to supply 30% of demand

Posted: 12 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:farm solar? Hawaii demand electric? 1.2MW Farm La Ola?

Castle & Cooke Inc. and SunPower Corp. are dedicating the 1.2MW La Ola Solar Farm on LanaI, Hawaii.

La Ola, which means "sun that gives life" in Hawaiian, is located on a 10-acre site in south Lanai and is expected to produce enough clean, renewable solar power to supply up to 30 percent of the island's peak electric demand.

The system is expected to generate about 3 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The power is being purchased by Maui Electric Company (MECO) and transmitted to Lanai's homes and businesses through MECO's electric power grid. This will help reduce more than 2,300 tons of CO2 emissions in Lanai each year, which is approximately the same amount of CO2 emitted from the consumption of almost 5,000 barrels of oil or more than 237,000 gallons of gasoline.

At the La Ola site, SunPower installed a single-axis SunPower Tracker system. The tracker tilts toward the sun as it moves across the sky, increasing energy capture by up to 25 percent over fixed systems while reducing land-use requirements.

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