20-acre solar park activated in Kalaeloa

Published On: Dec 17 2013 11:43:00 AM HST

Newly activated solar farm in Kalaeloa near Barber's Point Golf Course.

KALAELOA, Oahu -

Some Hawaiian Electric customers are now receiving the first sun-powered energy from a new solar farm in Kalaeloa.

The Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park sits on 20 acres near Barbers Point Golf Course.

It officially went online Monday.

The facility has 21,000 photovoltaic panels and will generate enough energy to power 1,000 homes.

Governor Neil Abercrombie says the park brings us closer to meeting renewable energy goals, and supporting workforce development for quality, green jobs.

"It's another major step in seeing to it that the renewable energy goals that we have here are more than just an abstract," said Governor Abercrombie at an event marking the sites activation. "They have a reality."

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates the farm will produce enough renewable power to prevent nearly 11,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

That's equivalent to removing about 38,000 cars from Hawaii's roads, during the 20-year agreement.

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