Hanwha Energy Wins Another Major
Solar-Power Contract in Hawaii

  • The Kupehau Solar Project will build a 60-MW solar-power plant and a 240-MWh energy-storage system
  • This is Hanwha Energy’s second project in Hawaii following its Ho’ohana Solar Project in December of 2018

Hanwha Energy’s subsidiary 174 Power Global operates numerous solar-power plants in the United States, including this 184-MW plant in Texas

[November 13, 2020] – Hanwha Energy recently won the bid to build and operate the Kupehau Solar Project for Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the 129-year-old utility provider serving 95% of Hawaii’s residents. This project includes a 60-MW solar-power plant and a 240-MWh energy-storage system (ESS) and it follows on the heels of another successful bid in December of 2018 for the Ho’ohana Solar Project – to build a 52-MW solar-power plant and 208-MWh ESS. The Kupehau Solar Project is the latest in a string of successful solar-power-and-ESS bids by Hanwha Energy, further cementing its presence in the U.S., one of the biggest consumers of renewable-energy in the world.

U.S.-based 174 Power Global is a subsidiary of Hanwha Energy that will oversee the Kupehau Solar Project, including financing, business development, construction, and power-plant operations. Under the terms of the contract, Hanwha Energy will construct the solar-power plant and ESS on the island of Oahu by 2023 and operate them for the next 20 years. The plant’s production capacity of 60 MW is enough to provide electricity for 80,000 people annually.

Hawaii aims to generate 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Hanwha Energy’s solar-energy projects are making major contributions to help the state achieve this goal. The projects will provide a steady supply of clean electricity while helping to maintain grid stability and manage peak-loads.

“We’re making meaningful contributions to Hawaii by providing clean energy with our solar-plants and keeping power grids stable with our energy-storage systems,” says In-Sub Jung, CEO of Hanwha Energy. “This will provide a foothold from which we can expand our market position in the U.S.”

Hanwha Energy’s subsidiary 174 Power Global builds and operates a variety of solar-energy plants and energy-storage systems in the U.S. It currently guarantees thousands of people with clean solar energy by generating 2 GW of solar power under various Power-Purchase Agreements (PPA). There are numerous agreements in place to build solar power plants capable of delivering up to 10 GW-worth of solar-energy storage systems in the near future. In addition to solar power plants, 174 Power Global has contracted 1 GWh of energy-storage projects and has over 3 GWh of pipeline in the North American market.

Hanwha Energy offers a diverse portfolio of construction services that have built solar-power plants, energy-storage systems, LNG-power plants, and hydrogen-fuel-cell-power plants across Australia, Japan, Korea, Spain, the U.S., and Vietnam. Hanwha Energy also offers smart-energy and power-plant procurement, operation, and maintenance services in Australia, the U.S., and Spain.

Project Summary
  • · Project Name: Kupehau Solar Project
  • · Location: Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.
  • · Contracting Company: Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
  • · Project Duration: 20 years
  • · Project Scope: 60-MWac solar-plant and 60-MW/240-MWh energy-storage system
  • · Estimated Commercial Operations Start Date: 2023

Hanwha Energy

Hanwha Energy is a comprehensive energy solutions provider that operates power plants in Korea and around the world with a focus on sustainability. Its diverse portfolio includes cogeneration plants, solar power plants, as well as the world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell power plant, located in Korea’s Daesan Industrial Complex. Hanwha Energy also acts as an independent power producer, offers operation and maintenance services, and is developing new energy storage systems and smart energy management solutions.

For more information, please visit: hec.hanwha.co.kr/en

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