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Solar power plant to be constructed in Kihei

December 13, 2012
The Maui Weekly

The BioReal solar power plant will generate about 1.2 million kilowatts per year, the equivalent energy to power 200 households, a news release said. Through a public-private partnership, Maui Electric Co., Flyers Energy, Solaria Corp. and Pacific Power Renewables teamed to leverage Hawai'i's feed-in tariff program to build and develop the project. Flyers Energy contracted with MECO for a 20-year power purchase agreement for the BioReal power plant. The project is located in the area of Pi'ilani Highway and Kulanihakoi Street.

Mayor Alan Arakawa said his goal is to see Maui powered 100 percent by alternative energy sources, including solar, wind, geothermal and ocean thermal.

He said the industry should be deregulated and called on Maui and Hawaiian Electric and state legislators to work together to make that happen.



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