KIUC moves forward with renewable energy project

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    This aerial photo shows Pu‘u Opae Reservoir. Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is proposing a project to pump water to and from the reservoir to generate electricity.

LIHUE — Kauai Island Utility Cooperative’s renewable energy project is taking another step forward, as KIUC has issued a request for qualifications for services and equipment supplies for the Pu‘u Opae Energy Project.

Located on the Westside, the project incorporates PV and pumped-storage-hydroelectric technology, and could provide up to 15 percent of the island’s energy needs, KIUC said.

KIUC has been in active development of the project since 2014. In August, conditional land agreements were reached with the state Agribusiness Development Corporation board and the state Hawaiian Homes Commission. In September, the KIUC board approved expenditures of up to $350,000 for preliminary surveying and environmental studies.

The RFQ is intended to draw a wide range of responses from as many interested parties as possible for engineering services, equipment supply and construction services. Responses to the RFQ are due on or before Nov. 30, and will be evaluated in December. Companies offering the strongest qualifications for and advantages of the project and to KIUC will be short-listed for participating in upcoming requests for proposals during 2018.

A copy of the RFQ package is available at, or by contacting Dawn Huff at


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