Renewable energy plays a huge role in a sustainable Lāna‘i. The vision is for the entire island to be powered by multiple renewable energy technologies, which requires the creation of a micro grid that will enable all of the technologies to be orchestrated to work in harmony to provide reliable, affordable energy.
Hydroelectric is one of these renewable energy resources. Hydroelectric involves pumping surplus water—when it’s available—uphill into reservoirs. Then using the water to generate energy when there is a reduction in other renewable resources.
The first solar project at La Ola already provides 1.5 MW of power to Lāna‘i from 7,400 photovoltaic panels. It supplies 30 percent of daytime peak demand and ten percent of the island’s total power needs—or enough to power 25 percent of Lāna‘i households.