While the world reels in the unprecedented effects of a global pandemic, industries are affected as they come under siege. Among these industries are oil and transit industries. With reduced traveling, it is no wonder that the oil and transportation sectors have come to take the greatest hits. However, the virus also seeks to take its toll on renewable energy.
Such an effect is evident in Hawaii. The virus toll has led to an increased dependence on renewable energy. According to regulations put in place, all future goods sold in Hawaii will feature alternative energy.
A significant part of the program calls for the Hawaiian Electric utility firms in Maui, Big Island, and Oahu to purchase electricity from third-party developers. They have issued tenders for the development and selling of massive wind farms.
Hawaiian Electric expects to announce its most recent round of competitive bids, as a result of the company’s most detailed request for proposals, on 8 May.
While specifically focusing on Oahu, the corporation anticipates that its plans for the next step would correspond between 20 and 29 additional independent contractor projects, with a potential contribution of between $2.5 billion to $4 billion, notwithstanding property costs. These initiatives will span around 3,000 acres of ground, proportional to 29 stadiums in Aloha. Hawaiian e-power officers added that regardless of the ongoing COVID-19 situation, there is still no intention to postpone the launch.
The project has, however, subject to another set of previous ventures in development. These provide a foundation for the current project. The current plan is the brainchild of a partnership between different organizations, including the Big Island battery storage AES Corp. Waikoloa Solar and Hale Kuawehi solar farms on Innergex, and the Maui Power storage AES Kuihelani Project.
The PUC demanded progressional updates regarding the COVID situation by the end of March for the promoters of these ventures. As predicted, the findings were different. But the general theme was that the virus instability induced confusion regarding the programs.
For example, Clearway’s Mililani development did not succumb to any interruptions because of underlying contracts currently under negotiations. These contracts cover the acquisition of items used to provide engineering and construction services and equipment “Clearway is especially well-positioned as one of the largest and most seasoned clean energy developers around the country to cope with such an occurrence,” said the firm
However, it also noted that continued delays in sheltering requests, which inevitably have an imminent effect on our business and the wider global economy.’ One illustration is AES’s Big Island Waikoloa scheme. The company has not yet proven that this will happen, though, it prides itself as a significant contributor to a greener future.