Monthly Archives: April 2013

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative No. 2 utility in U.S. for solar energy

 

Kauai, which is known for the most breathtaking sandy beaches, the lushest mountains and the best Saimin this side of the Rocky Mountains, may also add solar energy to that list of superlatives.

The Washington D.C.-based nonprofit Solar Electric Power Association on Tuesday ranked the Garden Isle’s Kauai Island Utility Cooperative as second in the nation for integrating and delivering solar energy to its customers.

The high ranking should come as no big surprise. By 2015, KIUC noted that half of Kauai’s daytime energy needs will be met by solar, the highest percentage of solar photovoltaic energy on the grid of any utility in the U.S.

As a Kauai native, it’s good to see that the transformation to renewables is showing some noticeable results.

Just last December, Alexander & Baldwin Inc. (NYSE: ALEX) completed construction on the largest solar generation facility in Hawaii, its 6-megawatt PV farm at Port Allen on the west side of Kauai.

 Reporter- Pacific Business News

KAUAI TOPS IN HAWAII AND #2 IN THE U.S.

Travel website TripAdvisor announced Tuesday the winners of its inaugural Travelers’ Choice Islands awards.

Based on millions of valuable traveler reviews and opinions on the site, the awards recognize more than 100 islands across the globe, including dedicated lists for Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, South America, the South Pacific, and the U.S.

In the list for best U.S. islands, Kauai came in second place, Maui, came in fifth place and the Big Island came in eighth place.