Proposer Name (Company name):
AES Distributed Energy, Inc. (AES DE)
Parent Company/Owner/Sponsor/etc.:
The AES Corporation
Project Name:
Waiawa Phase 2 Solar
Net AC Capacity of the Facility (MW):
30 MW AC
Proposed Facility Location in/near what City/Area:
Pearl City, Waipio Village
TMK(s) of Facility Location:
TMK: 9-6-004:024, 9-6-004:025, 9-6-004:026, 9-4-006:036
Point of Interconnection’s Circuit or Substation Name:
POI #1 - Waiau-Mililani, 46kV line POI #2 - Wahiawa-Waimano, 46kV line
Project Description:
AES DE is proposing a 60 MW dc / 30 MW ac solar photo-voltaic array plus 240 MWh of containerized lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) on up to 387 acres of land in Waiawa - near the Ka Uka Boulevard exit of the H-2 freeway in central O‘ahu.
Interconnection Route
The Project is proposing to interconnect with the Hawaiian Electric grid via the existing overhead Hawaiian Electric sub-transmission lines that run through the Project parcel.

About Us

AES Distributed Energy (AES DE), a wholly owned subsidiary of The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES), is a trusted energy partner delivering reliable and affordable solar PV projects on a stand-alone basis or paired with storage.

AES DE currently operates over 50 MW of solar and solar + storage across the Hawaiian Islands, with another 100 MW solar + storage in development on O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island. AES DE shares the state’s commitment to a greener and more resilient energy future and helping the state realize its goal of reaching 100% renewable energy by 2045.

Environmental Compliance, Impacts and Permitting Plan

Overall land use and environmental permits and approvals strategy

AES DE is deeply committed to working with the community, area leaders, policy makers and regulators to responsibly develop and operate all of its projects. To that end, our strategic approach is to engage early and often with stakeholders to share information about the project and most importantly, gather feedback to address issues that may arise. This sensitive approach is intended to enable timely approvals.

Permit applications and approval activities

City Zoning and Land Use Classification

State of Hawai‘i Land Use District:   Urban

The proposed solar facility is consistent with these state and county land use regulations. No changes in the land use classification or zoning district would be required for Project implementation.

City & County of Honolulu Zoning:

  • Low density apartment (A-1)
  • Community business (B-2)
  • Residential (R-5)
  • Industrial commercial mixed-use (IMX-1) zoning districts

Discretionary and non-discretionary land use, environmental and construction permits and approvals

Based on a preliminary review, the following determinations have been made:

U.S. Federal

Federal permits or approvals are not anticipated for project implementation

Compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is not anticipated

City and County of Honolulu

a Conditional Use Permit (minor) is anticipated

a Zoning Waiver may be required

Additional building permits are anticipated, including:

Electrical permits

Grading/grubbing/stockpiling permits

State of Hawai‘i

An Environmental Assessment (EA) or Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) are not anticipated – the project does not “trigger” HRS Chapter 343.

State Land Use Commission approval may be required to ensure the proposed project is consistent with the master plan and Decision and Order for a previous reclassification of the property to Urban.

Certain construction-related State permits may be required, including:

a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit

a Noise Permit

Compliance and coordination with the State Historic Preservation Division under HRS Chapter 6E is anticipated

Listing of anticipated Permits and approvals

Permit Name
Authority Having Jurisdiction
HRS Chapter 6E Compliance (Historic Preservation Review)
SHPD
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
DOH - Clean Water Branch
Noise Permit
State Department of Health (DOH) - Indoor and Radiological Health Branch
Conditional Use Permit (minor) and Zoning Waiver (if Needed)
DPP
Building Permit & Electrical
DPP
Grading & Grubbing & Stockpiling Permit
DPP

Environmental Compliance, Impacts and Permitting Plan

Preliminary environmental assessment of the site (including any pre-existing environmental conditions)

AES DE and its environmental consultant have conducted a preliminary assessment of the environmental conditions at the site. The assessment included a review of publicly available maps, studies, and information as well as previous environmental reports prepared for the property.

Air quality

Solar PV + BESS systems do not impact air quality as there are no emissions.

Natural Habitats and Ecosystems

The Project area is comprised of former sugar cane fields that were heavily cultivated over a long period of time. As such, previous biological surveys for the property have indicated no habitats dominated by native species or other sensitive ecosystems are known to be present within the Project area.

Vegetation

Previous biological surveys conducted for the Waiawa property indicate that the vegetation is dominated by non-native, invasive species, with no native vegetation communities present.

No federally or state listed threatened or endangered plant species (or those proposed or candidate species for listing) are known to occur within the Project area.

Wildlife

Previous studies conducted have indicated no federally or state listed threatened or endangered wildlife species (or those proposed or candidate species for listing) are known to occur within the Project area, and no critical habitat has been designated within the Project area.

Climate

The Project is not anticipated to have an impact on local (or non-local) climate.

Flood and tsunami hazards

The project is not within the FEMA 100-year flood plain or the tsunami evacuation zone.

Noise

Once operational, the Project is anticipated to generate minimal noise.

Roadways and Traffic

A traffic impact analysis report (TIAR) will be conducted and any required mitigation will be implemented during the construction phase of the project. Once operational and for the duration of the project, it is anticipated there will be minimal new traffic generation.

Visual Resources

A visual impact analysis will be conducted. The system will be designed to minimize visual impacts to the extent practicable.

Solid waste

The facility is not anticipated to generate solid waste.

Water quality

The Project is not anticipated to have an impact on water quality. Best Management Practices (BMPs) will be implemented to avoid water features and minimize runoff or other potential water quality impacts.

Cultural Resource Impacts

Proposer’s updated Community Outreach plan must include a plan that (1) identifies any cultural, historic or natural resources that will be impacted by the project (2) describes the potential impacts on these resources and (3) identifies measures to mitigate such impacts

A Cultural Impact Assessment (CIA), Archaeological Inventory Survey (AIS), and archeological site preservation plan have previously been performed for this site. The AIS was accepted by SHPD in April 2015.

Existing studies will be updated as necessary in consultation with SHPD under Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS) Chapter 6E.

AES DE is deeply committed to working with cultural practitioners as well as lineal and cultural descendants throughout this process.

Community Outreach

Detailed Community Outreach Plan

AES DE is deeply committed to being an active, invested member in the communities we serve.

Community Outreach Plan:

General Strategy

  • Identify and maintain a list of area leaders, interested stakeholders and regional community organizations
  • Provide Project information on an ongoing basis, including:
    • Environmental benefits
    • Economic benefits
    • Job creation
  • Gather Project feedback on an ongoing basis

Tactics

Specific methods to share information and collect feedback may include, but not limited to:

  • Conducting Community Meeting(s);
  • Issuance of Community Meeting Notices;
  • Media outreach;
  • Advertising;
  • Outreach to area organizations, community leaders and elected officials;
  • Social media;
  • Dedicated email address to gather input, comments and questions;
  • Project website; and
  • Direct mail

As an initial step in the strategic community outreach process, the AES DE project team will conduct a public meeting in the community where the proposed Project is to be located. Due to the uncertainty of the effects of COVID-19 related social distancing measures, a virtual community meeting may be held.

Contact Us

Provide your comments or get the latest project information.

Email: waiawaphase2solar@aes.com

Local community support or opposition

AES DE will directly engage and listen carefully to community feedback regarding the Project. Through this process, project support and opposition will be identified.

Community outreach efforts

AES DE has begun preliminary engagement with key officials, community leaders and interested stakeholder organizations

Community benefits

AES DE anticipates that initial community benefits from the Project will include delivery of clean, locally produced renewable energy as well as the generation of local jobs and economic activity. In addition, the Project will directly help the island achieve its goal of 100% renewable energy and offset reliance on imported fossil fuel.

As predevelopment of the Project proceeds, additional opportunities for benefits will be explored in direct collaboration with the area communities.

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