Hawaii: With its solar farm, Tesla promises cheap energy

The Hawaiian island of Kauai inaugurated a new generation solar farm with a capacity of 13 megawatts and built by the Californian Tesla. The result is cheaper energy and less dependence on fossil fuels, which are costly for the island while being very polluting.

6 million liters of fuel saved per year
Tesla inaugurated on Wednesday, March 6, a solar farm with a capacity of 13 megawatts (MW) on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. With its 54,000 panels connected to 272 Tesla Powerpacks – Lithium-Ion batteries with a storage capacity of 52 MWh – the new farm can store surplus energy harvested during sunny days. Thus, this photovoltaic power plant will be able to supply electricity to the inhabitants of the island at any time, including during periods of rain or night. According to our colleagues at the Mashable site , the latest generation solar farm built by Tesla, in collaboration with SolarCity , Should allow Kauai Island to reduce its diesel consumption by about 6 million liters per year. A significant reduction that falls within the framework of the State of Hawaii’s energy plan, which ultimately plans to completely eliminate fossil fuels. And by that, to provide for its own energy needs.

Electricity at 13.9 cents per kWh for 20 years
It is the KIU (Kauai Island Utility Cooperative) that has placed an order with Tesla Energy – the subsidiary of the energy storage group – of the photovoltaic power plant. Elon Musk’s company will sell power generated by the facility at 13.9 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for a 20-year period. That’s almost half of the 27.68 cents / kWh that Hawaiian customers have so far paid for their electricity.

Through its collaboration with Tesla, KIUC will also be able to offer its customers an energy mix in which the share of renewable energy will account for 40% of the total. Some of the stored energy could be used for non-domestic purposes, such as charging electric cars, KIUC officials said. The latter are also planning to open up to other partnerships in order to further increase the share of renewable energy in the island’s energy mix. New projects are therefore very soon expected.

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