Kaukonahua Solar

About the project

O’ahu is moving away from fossil fuels and into a renewable future.

Kaukonahua Solar is designed to support the island’s goal of being 100% renewable by 2045. The project, located off Kaukonahua Road, will generate clean power and help lower electricity costs for qualified low-to-moderate-income (LMI) subscribers through the CBRE shared solar program.

Nexamp will finance, construct, and operate the project. We plan to use local labor at prevailing wages for construction and ongoing maintenance and have already established relationships with local contractors.

Surfers Solar Panel Leaf

Supporting Villa Rose

The project will complement an existing partnership between Rose Acres Farms and Hidden Villa Ranch known as Villa Rose. The cage-free layer farm provides local eggs for the residents of Hawaii and is already generating its own solar energy through a battery energy storage system. The 6-megawatt ground-mounted solar project will take this sustainable approach even further and achieve a dual purpose of agriculture and clean energy by incorporating sheep grazing.

Utility of the Future

We’re working with communities, businesses, and municipalities to democratize clean energy and support U.S. energy independence.

Nexamp subscribers receive annual electricity savings, and partners share in the profits of our unique, vertically integrated model. Best practices are honored, operations are efficient, and each year our solution expands farther.

Community Solar 101

Play button
Watch: The Solar Story
Number one
Subscribe to a Nexamp community solar farm
Number two
Earn utility bill credits once the farm is built & connected to the grid
Number three
Pay Nexamp for these utility bill credits at a discount of up to 15% and save annually on electricity costs
*Savings will vary depending on current electricity rates, seasonal variability of solar power, and electricity consumption.

Project Schedule

Mountain and farm feilds

Community Information Meeting

Hosted by Nexamp

Monday, December 18, 2023
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Waialua Elementary School Cafeteria 67-020 Waialua Beach Road, Waialua HI 96791

Frequently Asked Questions

HECO: Learn more here

Nexamp: Learn more here

  1. You subscribe to a local solar farm in your community.
  2. The Solar Farm feeds clean solar energy into the local utility electric grid.
  3. You continue to receive power from the utility as you do today.
  4. As a Community Solar Subscriber, you receive credits on your utility bill for the energy generated from the solar farm.
  5. Credits are purchased from Nexamp at a discount which can lower your annual electricity costs by up to 15%

Once the projects are available on Hawaiian Electric's CBRE Portal, LMI customers – including those who are renters and apartment residents – may become "subscribers" to a facility on their respective island. Once the projects are built and online, the subscribers receive credits on their monthly electricity bill based on their level of participation.

To learn more about how customers sign up, click here.

Current projects are available to low-to-moderate-income households that Hawaii Electric serves. The following methods will be used to determine whether a household meets the program requirements for a low-income household:

  • A household can self-attest to earning less than or equal to the following income limits for a low-to-moderate income household, as defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. To qualify, a household’s income must be equal to or less than the income limit established by HUD for the customer’s household size in the appropriate county.

[other counties’ income limits available here]

Household Low Income Qualifications


A household that participates in any of the following social benefit programs:

  1. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP);
  2. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  3. Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8);
  4. Hawaii MedQuest Program;
  5. Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP);
  6. Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications (Federal);
  7. Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications (State)
  8. Child Care Connection Hawaii;
  9. Preschool Open Doors;
  10. National School Lunch Program (NSLP);
  11. Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) of the NSLP;
  12. Hawaii Head Start;
  13. Early Head Start; n. Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
  14. Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP);
  15. Women, Infants and Children (WIC);
  16. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
  17. Temporary Assistance for Other Needy Families (TAONF);
  18. Hawaii Energy Affordability and Accessibility Program;
  19. Spectrum Internet Assist Program u. Hawaiian Telcom Internet Kokua Program
  20. Any verified government (Hawaii State or Federal) program providing services to LMI persons or households;
  21. Any verified government (Hawaii State or Federal) or Hawaii non-profit program serving Asset Income Constrained Employed (ALICE)7 persons or households;

You can find out more by visiting the Community Energy Hawaii site here

Contact Us

Give us your questions, concerns, and business inquiries. We will get back to you as soon as we can.