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Navy to lease land to HECO for community solar project at Pearl Harbor

TheU.S. Navy reached an agreement to lease land to for a 28-MWsolar array at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Honolulu.

HawaiianElectric will build, own, operate and maintain the solar facility at the base.In exchange for the land provided for the project, the utility will upgradeNavy-owned electrical infrastructure at the base, the Navy said in a July 21news release. Renewable energy from the solar facility will supplythe base and utility customers on the Oahu Island grid.

TheHawaiian Electric IndustriesInc. subsidiary will ask the Public Utilities Commission to approvethe project. The Navy and the state signed an agreement in June topursue more renewable energy in pursuit of the state's 100% renewable portfoliostandard.

In2011, a Sempra Energysubsidiary proposed a300-MW solar project at Pearl Harbor, but the plan was the following year.

HawaiiGov. David Ige, Hawaiian Electric President and CEO Alan Oshima, PearlHarbor-Hickam Deputy Commander and Col. Richard Smith, admirals, and otherstate and military officials participated in a lease-signing ceremony July 21.