US-based renewable energy company First Wind will sell solar power generated at the planned 20MW solar plant in Mililani to Hawaiian Electric.

A 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed to this effect by the two companies.

This PPA backs a mandate set by the Hawai’i Clean Energy Initiative to achieve 70% of Hawai’i’s energy through conservation and clean energy sources by 2030, and reduce Hawai’i’s reliance on imported fossil fuel.

Developed by the company’s solar division First Wind Solar Group on Castle & Cooke land south of Mililani, the solar power project will generate clean electricity that will be enough to power around 6,000 homes in O’ahu.

First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor said that the company is excited to expand its renewable energy efforts with the introduction of Mililani Solar, which will be Hawai’i’s largest photovoltaic farm to date.

"This is a milestone for First Wind as we look for new ways to turn Hawai’i’s abundant natural resources into affordable clean energy for the islands’ electrical grids. We look forward to working closely with local communities, the utility, the city and the state as we install this important renewable energy facility," added Gaynor.