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DHHL solicits renewable energy

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is soliciting applications for future renewable energy projects on up to 20 acres in Hoolehua, Molokai, the department announced Monday.

Approved at the Hawaiian Homes Commission Aug. 18 meeting, DHHL intends to lease the land for the projects. The sites were determined to be appropriate for renewable energy in DHHL’s Island Plan and the Ho’omaluo Energy Policy.

The project will be required to produce an environmental assessment and hold public hearings.

The department is issuing the solicitation to identify potential developers interested in utilizing a portion of the department’s revenue generating properties as part of Hawaiian Electric’s upcoming Community Based Renewable Energy requests for proposal.

Commission Chairman William Aila Jr. said “renewable energy is a way for DHHL to generate revenue from rural lands that cannot be used for homesteading either due to their remote locations or lack of infrastructure or water.”

“We can then deploy that revenue into building new homesteads for applicants on the waiting list,” Aila said. “This effort could provide existing lessees the ability to reduce their electricity bills.”

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