Hawaiian Electric is dedicated to providing a clean and sustainable energy future for the island state. To reach this goal, the company has implemented a wide range of renewable sources, including waste-to-energy conversion, biomass, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, biofuels and solar energy. This strategy is essential to reach net zero emissions and make sure that Hawaii does not have to depend on importing clean energy from other states. Hawaiian Electric has created a map that allows developers to contact potential participants in the microgrid and request the development of a specific microgrid. The company has also been in contact with communities on the island to provide them with up-to-date information on current and future renewable energy projects.
This includes generation maps displaying almost a dozen renewable energy projects at the utility scale that are due to be completed between now and 2025. To create a clean and resilient energy network, Hawaiian Electric has implemented systems and tools that are based on diverse renewable energy sources and at different power generation scales. The company has also provided Molokai residents with energy saving kits from Hawaii Energy, the Maui County Water Supply Department, and Hawaiian Electric. In addition, Hawaiian Electric and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have identified locations on the islands that meet the appropriate technical conditions for future renewable resources. Hawaiian Electric is also offering technical support to the Molokai Clean Energy Autonomous Community in its planning process to develop a portfolio of clean energy projects. This will make 100% renewable energy on the island possible while respecting the culture and environment of Molokai.
The team recently announced the selection of a developer to build and maintain the largest renewable energy project and the first to offer the island's shared solar program. Diversifying Hawaii's energy mix by using more locally produced renewable energy at lower, more stable prices is the best way to help Hawaii reduce its use of oil. Relying on a single energy source makes us more vulnerable to energy markets, unexpected events, and natural changes in energy sources. While using renewable energy will decrease the use of oil in Hawaii to produce electricity, it will not eliminate the need to import crude oil or refined products to Hawaii.