Partnership Established to Build the Island First Community Solar + Storage Project
Kihei, HI (January 20th, 2021) – Mana Pacific, a Hawaii sustainable business corporation, which prides itself on being a community focused renewable energy project development firm today announces its partnership with the Ho’ahu Energy Cooperative Moloka’i (HECM). The cooperative has developed out of community members’ efforts towards attaining energy independence on the island, which has been an ongoing effort for the past few years.
Mana Pacific and Shake Energy Collaborative have been selected as co-developers to partner with Ho’ahu Energy Cooperative Moloka’i after a comprehensive and competitive review process which involved interviewing six other energy development companies. Shake Energy Collaborative is an energy developer whose mission is to enable communities to harness and benefit from their own energy resources. Mana Pacific, addresses energy/resource scarcity and climate risk in the Pacific by employing transformational, and regenerative business models. Going forward, HECM will work with the joint-venture partnership to draft a proposal for an island’s first community solar and battery energy storage project as part of Hawaii’s Community Based Renewable Energy (CBRE) program. The co-developers were selected due in part to their shared cultural alignment with the cooperative and benefit corporation status’. The President of HECM, Todd Yamashita, described Mana Pacific as “Creative, flexible, culturally aligned and courageous.”