I just returned from an amazing week in Hawaii, on the island of Kauai, for a surprise 50th birthday gift from my amazing wife. In between snorkeling, sailing, golf, hiking, kayaking, I also stopped and saw hundreds of solar projects, ranging from big utility scale projects coupled with storage to small systems — my kids were very impressed. Nearly every public building, school, firehouse, municipal center, supermarket had a rooftop solar system, and most homes seemed to have a new solar system as well.
While I was in the first state in our country to pass a law moving to 100% renewable energy, I was excited to see the experiment up close. Utility scale and customer sited storage will also play a major role in the Islands transformation to 100% renewables. This transformation will drive local jobs, improve public health and protect the fragile environment — which helps drive and support the massive Hawaiian tourism industry.
This transformation is not easy, simple, or without detractors but the political, regulatory, and utility leadership on all the islands should be applauded for their innovation and leadership in moving Hawaii to a 100% renewable powered state.
Nikola Power is doing more than just thinking about Hawaii, we are actively working on the upcoming HECO solar + storage Request for Proposal. We are partnering with local landowners and other key industry folks and moving forward with an innovative solar + storage bid. It's a privilege to see Hawaii lead the way and we're excited to be a part of this journey!
–J.W. Postal, Founder & CEO