Pineapples and Photovoltaics

alt In 1922, James Dole, the president of Hawaiian Pineapple Company (later the Dole Food Company), bought the entire island of Lanai. The sixth largest Hawaiian island was subsequently developed into the world’s largest pineapple plantation. Lanai has since been known as ‘Pineapple Island’ for its close historical ties to the fruit. However, the island will soon welcome a different type of farm. Yesterday, Castle & Cooke, the land’s current owner, announced a deal to build the largest solar energy farm in Hawaii on Lanai. The 1.5-megawatt solar farm will be built on a 10-acre site, and will produce enough energy to supply up to 30% of the island’s electric demand. The facility will also push Hawaii closer towards its goal of having 20 percent of the state’s energy come from renewable sources by the year 2020. The planned photovoltaic farm will be the fourth-largest in the United States. See also ::Hawaii Moves Towards Energy Independence

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