Molokai Community Energy, Hawaii
Like thousands of island and isolated grids all over the world, the island of Molokai has a dysfunctional electricity system, with a large carbon footprint, an unstable grid, high retail rates, and ongoing operating losses. The Molokai Island Energy Project will correct these problems by converting the island to high renewable penetration, reducing the carbon footprint of the island, reducing electric rates, stabilizing the grid, making Molokai energy self-sufficient, and creating jobs. The project will incorporate utility-scale and distributed photovoltaic generation, battery storage, energy efficiency measures, smart grid technologies, vehicle fleet electrification, and other technologies. The Princeton team has worked with Sustainable Molokai and other community groups in shaping the project in response to the concerns of the community, which has shown broad and strong support for the project. Because of its innovative nature, the Molokai Community Energy has attracted attention from all over the world.