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Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is pursuing development of 2 Hawaiʻi Island solar farms

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Increasing access to solar power is one of the big reasons behind the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands' two proposed solar farms on Hawaiʻi Island. It’s also part of DHHL's Hoʻomaluō Energy Policy, enacted in 2009 to enable Native Hawaiians, in concert with the broader community, to lead Hawaiʻi's effort to achieve energy self-sufficiency and sustainability.

The Conversation talked with the department's Information and Community Relations Officer Cedric Duarte to find out where they’ll be built and who benefits from them. 

For more information on the public hearings, click here for the Kalaoa meeting and here for the Kawaihae meeting. This interview aired on The Conversation on Oct. 12, 2021.

For National Energy Awareness Month, The Conversation also took a closer look at UHERO's recent report on energy usage with University of Hawaiʻi Professor of Economics Nori Tarui. Listen below.

HPR's Savannah Harriman-Pote - Oct. 12, 2021
The Conversation’s Savannah Harriman-Pote has the lowdown on a new UHERO report looking at energy usage across the state.

Russell Subiono is the executive producer of The Conversation and host of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, television and radio. Contact him at talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.
Savannah Harriman-Pote is the energy and climate change reporter. She is also the lead producer of HPR's This Is Our Hawaiʻi podcast.
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