KCA meets with Hawaiian Pacific Solar

by | Oct 27, 2019 | Development, Environment, Volunteers | 0 comments


10/27/19 #kihei
Wednesday afternoon last week we met with Hawaii Pacific Solar (HPS) at our office to hear about potential locations for a new solar farm being considered.

At KCA we were very pleased to be contacted by Tricia Rohlfing who asked if we would be open to some preliminary discussion. We do our best to meet with any and all entities with potential projects in our district, but have limitations.

In fairness, Innergex did also approach KCA more than once about their project above Maui Meadows, but lack of volunteers forced us to say no at that time.

But last week we met with Tricia, as well as HPS President Bob Johnston, both Maui residents of the Lahaina based company https://hawaiipacificsolar.com/

They advised they are working on proposals to Maui Electric for solar farms that would be located in Kihei. These proposals are being submitted in response to MECO’s recent Request for Proposals (RFP). They advised selection of any of their projects is not assured, but they wanted to inform us of plans and seek our input early in the process,.

Almost a year ago, we participated in the blessing of their solar farm in central Kihei – https://gokihei.org/environment/kenyon-energy-blessing-of-new-solar-farm-above-r-t-park-in-central-kihei – which was almost completely out of public view. We understand their two new proposals would be the same. One is mauka of this existing site and the other is a short distance South up on ranch land.

We truly appreciate this proactive step, and by posting this report we hope to keep our membership and greater community aware and informed. Having long -erm environmental positions, we see a great need for more renewable energy projects to provide for the growing electrical energy need of our community.

Bob Johnston

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Next Community Meeting

Tuesday, May 21
6:30 pm

ProArts Playhouse, Azeka Makai
1280 S. Kihei Road

Pacific Disaster Center, Kihei

Dr. Erin Hughey, Director of Global Operations

Pacific Disaster Center (PDC Global) is an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii that supports the most demanding governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) worldwide in helping to create a safer, more disaster resilient world. For more than 25 years, we’ve helped our partners enhance disaster management capacity, save lives, and reduce disaster losses through the application of our advanced tools and technologies, evidence-based research, and analytical information.

As always, we will be collecting donations for the MAUI FOOD BANK.  They can stretch a dollar like no one else so checks sealed in envelopes are also welcome.

KCA's Priorities 2024

  • Fire prevention
    Working with agencies, landowners, and the community to form a Fire Prevention Task force for South Maui and pass along requests and recommendations between that group and the community
  • Flooding mitigation
    Working with Public Works, upcountry landowners, and flood control experts to reduce the risk of flooding in South Maui
  • North-South Collector Road
    Advocating the completion of the next segments of the North-South Collector Road between Waipuilani and Kaonoulu
  • WasteWater Initiatives
    Supporting efforts to speed the replacement of cesspools in Maui Meadows with clean water alternatives and advocating for identification and treatment of pollution from failing pipes at major hotels and condo developments
  • Healthy Living through Smart Growth
    Supporting efforts to make Kihei a walkable, bike able community with sidewalk and bikeway connectivity throughout, especially to all our schools including the new Kūlanihāko‘i High School. Supporting the implementation of the revised South Maui Community Plan and the values it espouses
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The objects and purposes of the corporation shall be to encourage, promote and aid in developing, improving and maintaining the area of Kihei, Island and County of Maui, as a desirable residential community; to develop unified community spirit; to do any and all things to promote the health, safety and welfare of residents within the Kihei area; to encourage recreation and service programs, and programs to enhance social life and community welfare within the Kihei area; to promote better understanding and fellowship among its members, their families and all residents of the Kihei area.

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