David Y. Ige | DHHL Press Release: Final EA Released for Barbers Point Solar Project
DHHL Press Release: Final EA Released for Barbers Point Solar Project
Posted on January 10, 2022 in Latest department news, Press room
(Kalaeloa, O’ahu) – The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) has released its Final Environmental Assessment (EA) with a No Significant Impact (FONSI) result for the Barbers Point solar project in Kalaeloa District in O’ahu .
A review of the important criteria described in HRS Chapter 343 and HAR section 11-200.1-13 on the development of the Barbers Point Solar Project was determined not to cause significant adverse effects on the natural environment or human.
The Hawaiian Homes Commission (HHC) assessed the final EA and released a FONSI decision at its December 2021 HHC meeting. The final EA and FONSI were published in the Environmental Review Program (formerly the Office of Environmental Quality Control) on January 8, 2022, The Environmental Notice.
“The Kalaeloa Industrial Zone was designated for industrial use in DHHL’s 2014 Oahu Island Plan due to its land, lack of infrastructure and proximity to Kalaeloa Airport,” said said Hawaiian Houses Commission chairman William J. Ailā, Jr. “This lack of infrastructure makes the land difficult to exploit, but some income-generating activities, like the Barbers Point solar project, provide the department with essential resources to develop family lots, while also creating renewable energy for the public.
In July 2019, the Commission authorized the President to issue an entry fee permit to Innergex Renewables USA LLC to conduct due diligence activities to assess the development potential of a solar project on DHHL industrial plots in Kalaeloa.
A draft environmental assessment was presented to HHC on September 21, 2021 and published in The Environmental Notice on October 8, 2021. Innergex Renewables USA LLC hosted a virtual public information meeting on October 20, 2021 and received comments from the public during the legal period of 30 days. public review and comment period which ran from October 8, 2021 to November 8, 2021. A total of 26 public comments were received and incorporated into the final EA.
The Barbers Point solar project will consist of a 15 megawatt solar photovoltaic system coupled with a battery energy storage system and ancillary support infrastructure. The total combined footprint of the project components located on DHHL’s lands will be less than 100 acres, of which the solar panels will cover approximately 45 acres. Construction is expected to begin at the end of 2022, with major construction activity taking place primarily in 2023. Commercial operations are expected to begin in early 2024.
To learn more about the Barber’s Point Solar Project and to view the Final EA, visit dhhl.hawaii.gov/po/oahu.
About the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands:
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is implementing Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole’s vision to rehabilitate native Hawaiians by returning them to the land. Established by the United States Congress in 1921, with the passage of the Hawaiian Houses Commission Act, the Hawaiian homestead program managed by DHHL includes the management of more than 200,000 acres of land statewide for the purpose of specific to develop and provide the homestead.
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