For Sale: North Shore Kauai Residence With Both Feet In A Sustainable Future
Of the many directions the “green” motion of the world is moving, perhaps the most exciting to Hawaii folk, is the practical and viable opportunities for clean energy an environment like the Hawaiian Islands present:
- Big enough to draw the interest of some of the world’s most passionate innovators and sustainable-minded entrepreneurs.
- Rich in renewable resources.
- Small enough to see immediate results and make a substantial (positive) impact on the environment.
There has never been a better time to invest one’s own future in accordance with Kauai’s. With a fully functional photovoltaic solar panel system installed rooftop on the property’s barn, this 5+-acre North Shore estate with a 4 bedroom/4.5 bathroom masterpiece of residential design is the ideal place to start. Positioned cliff side above Pila’a in Kilauea, the property also boasts sweeping views of the ocean, Kilauea Lighthouse, and Kauai’s verdant mountains in distance.
The photovoltaic solar panel setup on the roof of the barn
As evidence of the state’s intentions to pioneer a green future, the Clean Energy Initiative (CEI) — introduced by former Governor Linda Lingle and continually supported by current Governor Neil Abercrombie — is a statewide push to have 70% of Hawaii’s energy for electricity and ground transportation come from renewable resources by 2030.
Kauai’s Green Future
In accordance with or perhaps as a result of the CEI, several solar energy projects have already begun construction on Kauai. One — a 1.21-megawatt Photovoltaic Farm near Kapaa that is capable of providing electricity to 300 homes — has already been completed and is in the process of entering the KIUC (Kauai Island Utility Cooperative) grid.
Other projects in the works include:
- A 3-megawatt facility in Poipu.
- A larger farm just underway on the West side.
- A 6-megawatt project in Port Allen on the South Shore that would be the state’s largest solar power plant, supplying enough energy for 1,800 homes.
With the addition of the Port Allen project, it’s estimated that Kauai could have the highest percentage of solar energy presence on its grid of anywhere in the country. As a testament to the passion Kauai is putting forth, KIUC has committed to producing 50% of the island’s power from renewable sources by 2023.
Half of Kauai…solar powered…in 10 years. This is the future and the future is now.
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