Schafer said that it will build, deploy and test a small array of CPV modules to evaluate performance in a low-latitude island environment while measuring their potential for offsetting the power consumption of the Maui High Performance Computing Center.

Planned to located in or near the Maui Research and Technology Park, the 100kW-class demonstration site will be installed with Emcore-built CPV-arrays by Rising Sun. Moreover, guidance on land-use, site definition and development and permitting will be provided by Dowling Company and Munekiyo & Hiraga.

Thomas Glesne, program manager of Pacific operation at Schafer, said: “This initiative provides a basis for a grounded, research-based expansion of solar energy alternatives in Hawaii and other high solar-insolation island areas.

“The project will also increase understanding of the processes involved in the integration of innovative solar and alternative power generation capabilities into the grid.”

The company said that the project will be built as part of the solar generation program, funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.