Kauai utility hits 90 percent renewable milestone

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The state is one step closer to reaching its 100-percent renewable energy goal by the year 2045.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says it used renewable resources to generate 90 percent of the island’s electricity during four separate days in January.

The co-op used a combination of solar, biomass and hydro-electricity.

A major component to the utility’s energy transformation is the Green Energy Team biomass plant near Koloa, which burns wood chips to create energy. It began delivering 6.7 megawatts of electricity to the grid in January.

Under a 20-year contract with KIUC, Green Energy will supply about 12 percent of Kauaiā€™s electricity annually.

The co-op’s strategic plan calls for the cooperative to use renewable resources to generate at least 50 percent of its electricity by 2023. It’s now on track to hit that target by 2019.

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