Solar energy project set for former industrial site

Forest City Hawaii and Hawaiian Electric Co. signed a power purchase agreement for up to 1 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) power to be generated at the Kapolei Sustainable Energy Park in Oahu at an old industrial disposal site.

Hoku Solar will design and install the project using more than 4,200 solar panels atop a concrete racking system. The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2011 pending regulatory approval.

The 12-acre site near the James Campbell Industrial Park was an industrial dump site until 1986, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stopped the dumping. The site was sealed under a plastic liner and a think mound of asphalt. Because the cap must be undisturbed, the site has been unusable until the James Campbell Co. proposed it be used for a solar plant. PV panels can be installed directly on the surface.

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