Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (NYSE:ALEX) (A&B) and Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) have announced the completion of construction of A&B's 6 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Port Allen, Kaua'I, Hawaii. The facility is on a 20-acre parcel of land owned by A&B adjacent to KIUC's Port Allen Station power plant.
The facility, which started delivering power to KIUC on Dec. 7, will provide KIUC and its members with solar energy for at least the next 20 years.
The Port Allen Solar facility was developed by A&B's subsidiary, McBryde Sugar Company, LLC. Originally announced in July 2011, the project was constructed in less than nine months from receipt of PUC approval of the Power Purchase Agreement between McBryde and KIUC. The 6 MW polycrystalline panel solar facility is integrated with a 3 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) installed by KIUC at the point of interconnection to the grid. The BESS facilitates greater stability on the KIUC system by maintaining a predictable flow of power from the Port Allen solar facility and other intermittent generation resources.
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