Pacific Business News reports that the Navy plans to develop a major solar farm and battery energy storage system on approximately 200 acres at the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, located on the west side of Kauai.
The solar photovoltaic system would generate up to 44 megawatts of power and feed electricity into KIUC’s grid for use by the public and military. New electrical transmission lines would be installed either overhead or underground to connect the proposed project to the existing KIUC transmission line along Kaumualii Highway.
The battery storage system would be mainly used to store solar energy produced by the PV system during the day and then discharge the energy to the grid at night.
The project, which would be located next to Sunrise Capital Inc. shrimp farms, would be done in phases with the first phase involving 21 megawatts on 87 acres and the second phase encompassing 23 megawatts on 94 acres.
The solar farm and battery system would provide electricity for PMRF in the event of a utility power outage, improve power quality to reduce the daily need to operate diesel generators in support of current and future mission operations and testing capabilities and help reach the Navy’s renewable energy goals. When completed, the project could make PMRF a net-zero energy facility. Construction is expected to start no sooner than December.
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