Maui (150,000 people) spends $250 million per year on fuel and emits 600,000 tons of CO2. Not a good idea, if you love money and climate.
100% Clean Electricity for all of Maui
HINA proposes to build the world's largest 100% power system,
making electricity from sun and wind and storing it in water.
With HINA, Maui Electric could achieve 100% renewable by 2020
and have the world's lowest electricity generation costs after 2030.
Maui is the Showcase for World Energy Transformation
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Today: Diesel Generators
In Progress: Solar and Wind
Two windfarms and many PV systems produce 28% of Maui's electricity, one of the highest rates in the world, but now the grid gets full.
Next: Massive Storage
HINA combines solar and wind energy with advanced, high-tech pumped hydro storage. 57% of all energy needs to go through storage.
HINA is developed by a Maui-based team.
The first concepts of HINA were drawn up and presented in Maui 24 years ago. Over the years the idea of a 100% renewable utility has grown around the world and has become a movement with concrete solutions to climate challenges. HINA Power Corp was created to study, design and realize the concept and serve the people of Maui.
We are partnering with an international Team of Advisors and Organizations.
HINA is a great project. Hawaiians need to be self sustainable.Kimokeo Kapahulehua, Hawaiian Elder
HINA is an exciting project and embodies the attributes that I have always felt necessary for a holistic renewable energy system.John Eastwood, Engineer
Thank you for your interest in HINA. We’d love to hear from you.
HINA Power Corp.
P.O. Box 158
Kihei, Maui, HI 96753
Phone: (808) 205-0392
The Legend of Hina and Maui
Hina was the first to conceive of the idea of extending the use of solar energy. Maui's great feat was done in the same place that HINA is planned for. A legend is becoming true in our times.
But first the investments in power generation and storage need to be paid back. During this time, bills will be markedly reduced. They will also not go up if oil prices rise, which makes budgeting easier for Maui's businesses.
It will take an estimated 10 years to pay off the investments. After that, energy generation is free and the electric bill will only pay for maintenance. This could be as soon as 2030.
Wind power is a great supplement to solar, because it provides energy at night - and HINA will make two wind farms possible that are planned but cannot connect to today's congested grid.
Hydro generation is the ideal combiner for those energies, because it can stabilize the grid both for fluctuations and times of no sun or wind. HINA moves water between huge water tanks on the bottom and top of Haleakala and is in fact the world's tallest battery. Hydro is five times less costly than the newest batteries.
Today there is only a small group of Hawaiians living in the arid landscape of Kahikinui. Water needs to be brought in by trucks and small solar systems provide the electricity.
HINA can bring Prince Kuhio’s wish to life by providing funding, jobs, water and energy to Hawaiian farmers. Because it is an elaborate pumping system, driven by the sun, it can pump up more water from wells near the seashore to the farms.
Irrigation can enable the replanting of the forests. Trees can grow 3-4 feet instead of one foot per year when properly watered. HINA's pumps can bring water to the forests, powered by free sunshine.
In the last 20 years, worldwide emissions have soared as the economy pulled billions out of poverty in Asia and increased the wealth of the top 10% of Americans. HINA will prove that renewable energy is the key for future economic growth that benefits everyone, while saving our planet for future generations.
HINA is a major construction project and jobs program. Hundreds of jobs will be created, while existing jobs at Maui Electric will remain.
Producing Maui's electricity locally creates more safety in case of economic or disaster disruptions. Currently there is less than 30 days fuel on the island. And, as HINA is expanded to larger reservoirs, these will also benefit the water system and provide backup when a drought strikes the island.