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Hawaii approves massive battery storage project to help end coal power



Hawaiian regulators have approved the proposed 185MW/565MWh Kapolei Energy Storage battery energy storage project on the island of Oahu, paving the way for San Francisco-based developer Plus Power to begin construction on behalf of Hawaiian Electric Co.

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved the energy storage Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between Hawaiian Electric and Kapolei Energy Storage, which was originally proposed back in September as part of a raft of proposals designed to accelerate the end of coal-fired power plants across the state of Hawaii.

Hawaiian Electric announced in September 2020 that they had submitted eight contracts to the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission for review and approval – including seven…

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