Hawaii Gas’ green initiatives
Fossil fuels make up more than 90% of Hawaii’s energy source, but the state has pledge to change that by 2045. Recognizing the need for new, alternative energy sources, Hawai’i Gas is innovating and finding innovative and concrete solutions. Hawaii Now Host Jobeth Devera sat down with Vice President of Marketing and Business Development Aaron Kirk to talk more about the company’s green initiatives.
For more than 100 years, Hawaii Gas has provided Hawaii with an efficient, low-emission energy source for cooking and water heating. The company has been actively looking for ways to improve the efficiency of fuel while lessening its impact on the environment. In the past, Hawaii Gas did this by relying primarily on SNG (synthetic natural gas), which is a recycled product made from waste by-products. Not only is it a recycled product, it’s very efficient with low emissions. Now, the energy company is investing in new initiatives like its partnership with solar and the production of renewable natural gas.
Hawaii Gas is turning toward renewable natural gas for power. Renewable natural gas is made from products like algae or methane collected from garbage dumps and wastewater treatment plants. The energy company has a new partnership that’s just about to come online in December with the Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment plant to collect the methane gas from what naturally goes through wastewater.
Another big push at Hawaii Gas is to work towards a truly resilient energy system, so that no matter the situation, power stays on. Whether using a photo voltaic system, battery or propane backup, Hawaii residents can be assured the power stays reliably and affordably on come rain or shine.
Hawaii gas now runs the largest active solar farm on O’ahu called Waihonu Solar Farm. Waihonu Solar Farm delivers renewable power to Hawaiian Electric Company under a certificate of power supply. The project is contracted to sell electricity to Hawaiian Electric Company under a power purchase agreement, which has a 20-year initial term at a fixed rate of 23.6 cents/kWh. The direct current (DC) electricity generated by the solar panels is converted by onsite inverters to alternating current (AC) electricity for use by Hawaiian Electric’s customers via the electric utility’s grid.