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November 17, 2014

Think About It: (Solar) Power Trip

Kamehameha Schools and SunEdison announced plans last week to construct the state's largest solar facility in Waiawa. When finished, the solar panels could generate enough electricity to service over 20,000 homes with energy savings to homeowners over two decades of more than $300-million. Whenever people talk about being more green, or needing to find ways to "go green", the major impediment is usually not the sincere desire to make a difference and reduce our dependence upon fossil fuels. 

The real problem over the decades with many green ideas is that going green doesn't produce enough green- a/k/a money- for business interests to dive into many projects. Whether it's solar power, wave or wind energy, many concepts remain just that due to an uncertainty about getting a financial return on the grand projects. Add to that some rational questions about technology in these quests, and you begin to understand why we are sitting here in late 2014 with the same questions and concerns that we had 25-years ago about our energy future and our increasing dependence on oil and coal.

This power effort in Waiawa shows that where there's a will, plus some capital investment and a business model, there's a way. Following approvals, phase one of this plan could see solar power being generated in about 18-months, and hopefully, phase two will begin soon thereafter. This plan and the immediacy of action is to be applauded. For years, generic promises have been made with limited actions to get us off the fossil fuel train, but this expansive partnership will bring more affordable power to the people soon. Think about it…

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