US Army and HECO break ground for new power plant at Schofield Barracks
HONOLULU - Dozens gathered at Schofield Barracks Monday as the US Army and Hawaiian Electric broke ground on a new power plant.
"It's going to take all of us working together, we can't do it alone, the army can't do it alone, the state can't do it alone, all of the stake holders have to be accountable and all playing our part," said Alan Oshima, President and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Company.
As officials untied the maile lei, it's a step forward in reaching the state's Hawaii's energy goal: 100% renewable energy by 2045.
"This project really is about partnership," said Gov. David Ige (D-HI), "it's about the Army being committed to their goal, which is even more aggressive than the state's goal."
The Army's goal is to use 50% renewable energy by 2020.
Breaking ground on the project means Oahu will get its first power plant that's located inland, which helps the island better prepare for emergencies.
"Without assured access to energy, the army stands still and silent and our mission fails," said the Honorable Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of The Army Installations, Energy, and Environment.
Officials say this new plant sets everyone up for success, the 50 megawatt plant will span 8-acres. It will serve all customers on Oahu, but can isolate itself to Army bases when there's an emergency.
"This is a win-win-win, everywhere that you look," said Gov. Ige.
The plant should be completed by Spring 2018.