Integrity, Intention, Transparency

Our Strategy & Approach

Kūpono Solar understands the importance of community engagement and outreach. We listen first, and then we act —with integrity, intention and transparency.

It’s our commitment to the community to engage thoroughly, listen with intent, provide information transparently, mitigate concerns and be a good, quiet neighbor.

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We listen.

We meet with stakeholders personally, one-on-one and in group settings, to understand what information they need from us, what concerns them and what we can do to support them.

We pay attention.

We want to know the community’s character and priorities—from traffic to cost of living—and we do everything we can to support them. We look closely at the project from the community’s perspective, and we take the lead to mitigate any potential concerns early.

We share.

We hold town halls to update stakeholders on the project’s progress and answer questions that arise.

Stakeholders and Engagement

Project Stakeholders are our priority.

Our outreach includes both the Navy community and the broader Oʻahu community, with focus on those areas closest to the project. This engagement and outreach include:

  • Elected officials at the federal, state, city & county, levels
  • DoD, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam members
  • Community associations
  • Churches
  • Schools
  • Neighborhood Boards
  • Local businesses
  • Native Hawaiian organizations
  • Nonprofits serving the area
  • Individual community members
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We keep the community informed.

Our engagement and outreach work focuses on sharing proposed project details—location, size, technologies, acreage, the needs being fulfilled, project benefits, project permitting, cultural resources and environmental information. Our goal is to engage the community in understanding the project and its value, and then listen to their thoughts and concerns so that we can factor that into its development and operations. Outreach methods include but are not limited to the following:

  • Public meetings
  • Email
  • Media outreach
  • Ongoing updates to local organizations
  • Presentations, brochures, FAQ and other materials
  • Website updated with real-time information

Community members are offered multiple ways to communicate with Kūpono Solar about the project and have those comments memorialized for the record, including the following:

  • In-person or virtual town hall meetings
  • Email
  • Online submissions via the website
  • Formal 30-day comment periods prior to and during the PUC process
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Project Benefits

The proposed project aligns with numerous critical goals and mandates in Hawaiʻi, including:

  • The state’s energy goals of 100% renewable electricity by 2045
  • The state’s carbon-neutral goal by 2045

Benefits to the wider island community also include:

  • Stable cost of energy for the benefit of Oʻahu utility customers
  • Construction and other project-related jobs and ongoing local operations employment
  • Sourcing of supplies and materials from in-state providers
  • Economic boost to local businesses
  • Battery storage enabling solar after sunset

Kūpono Solar is committed to identifying, through stakeholder input, impactful ways to benefit the local community with support in areas such as community organizations, charities, Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education and youth sports.

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Read more about the project, its benefits and its role in Hawaiʻi’s clean energy initiatives

Project Summary and Community Outreach Plan