Making strides in renewable energy

  • Dennis Fujimoto / The Garden Island file

    The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative debuted a solar farm integrated with Tesla battery storage units in March 2017. The Lihue facility with batteries stores enough power to service 4,500 homes during peak night demand. In front, residents check out a Tesla electric vehicle.

  • Courtesy Tesla Motors Inc.

    Kauai Island Utility Cooperative installed a 13-megawatt solar system located on 50 acres of Grove Farm property north of Lihue. The solar system is connected to Tesla Motors Inc. Powerpacks, which store enough power to service 4,500 homes during peak night demand.

LIHUE — Hawaii has landed on a new list of states making big strides in renewable energy, tying with Vermont at number 14 on the list that looks at state policies and incentives as well as carbon emissions and renewable energy production.

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