Keahole Solar Power to build 5 MW CSP plant in Hawaii

<b>The first CSP plant in Hawaii, Holaniku at Keahole Point, was developed by Keahole Solar Power in 2009. </b><br><br><i>Photo: Keahole Solar Power </i>
The first CSP plant in Hawaii, Holaniku at Keahole Point, was developed by Keahole Solar Power in 2009.

Photo: Keahole Solar Power

The land will be used to build the 5 MW micro CSP power plant Kalaeola Solar One. The plant will use parabolic trough technology. It also will have a thermal storage that enables the plant to operate during cloudy weather and at night for 2 hours, that will be used to balance weather fluctuations and for shift production during the night time. The project is expected to break ground late 2010 and is estimated for completion by the 3rd quarter of 2011. Keahole Solar Power inaugurated Hawaii’s first CSP plant two years ago. The facility is located on the Big Island of Hawaii and has a nominal power output of 2 MW and also a heat storage for 2 hours. At that time the company was known under the name Sopogy, which sold of most off its ownership in KSP to private equity investors. Sopogy is now a technology provider and supplied the collectors and systems used at the Keahole project. KSP on the other hand is the project developer and EPC of record.
Keahole Solar Power’s goal is to develop 30 MW of solar power in Hawaii by 2015. According to Darren Kimura, Chairman of the Board of Directors, “KSP has a very deep pipeline of projects” but can’t give more details to the public for now.

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