H-POWER Hawaii Solar Case Study

S-5! Case Study – Hawaii H-POWER Solar Project

July 05, 2021 - by commARCH
Send this article to a friend
H-POWER Hawaii Solar Case Study

Where did it happen?
Kapolei, West Ohau, HI

Who was involved?
The Honolulu Program of Waste Energy Recovery, or H-POWER, in Kapolei, West Oahu generates up to 90 megawatts of energy for Hawaiian Electric Company – enough to meet nearly eight percent of Oahu’s energy needs. The city added solar photovoltaics (PV) to six existing rooftops at the City and County of Honolulu’s Waste-to-Energy Recovery facility operated by Covanta Honolulu Resource Recovery Venture (H-POWER).

General contractors involved in this project are H-POWER Solar Building, PSI & Roofing Contractor, Covanta and solar PV contractors of this project are Engie & Hawaii Unified Industries. In addition, the vendor is Pacific Islands Construction.

What was the challenge?
The newly constructed metal “solar building” had to be designed with cost-effective solutions for the long-term both for the PV project and various recycling programs within the building. In addition, the 30+-year-old metal roofs on the six buildings at the H-POWER facility were in need of replacement.
Since the service life of a PV system is typically between 28 and 37 years (source: Berkeley study), the new roof and the replacement roofs would need to meet the expected service life of the PV system.

The entire project had to be completed within a tight timeframe and without disruption to H-POWER’s operations, which is a key component of the island’s waste management infrastructure.

What was the solution?
Metal was selected for this project because it was the lowest cost and best use option. The “solar building” structure is steel framed with metal roof and siding, supported by a concrete slab on a grade foundation. It is enclosed with overhead doorways and man doors.
Metal roofing was chosen for all the roofs as it provides an ideal platform for mounting PV and is the only commercial roof type that features a service life that exceeds that of the solar PV system. A standing seam metal roof was chosen for the “solar building” since it was also easier and less expensive to mount solar PV to this metal roof type over any other.
S-5-S Mini clamp was selected as the preferred attachment method to secure solar modules to the roof of the new “solar building” to allow a penetration-free attachment for the solar racking system. S-5!’s VersaGard was selected to secure PV racking to the newly replaced trapezoidal exposed-fastened “PBR” (purlin bearing rib) metal roofs at the Covanta Honolulu plant facility, to meet the service life expectancies for both the roof and the solar PV system.

What were the results?
The H-POWER plant and adjacent “solar building” utilized metal building components to achieve lasting performance and durability, while allowing the City to process and manage the island’s solid waste, converting trash to power, and to further explore recycling and renewable efforts for a more sustainable Hawaii.

The S-5! VersaGard roof mount works extremely well with traditional PV racking systems and simply saves installation time. VersaGard eliminates the additional L-Foot component, and the slotted channel allows for as much adjustability as you’d possibly need with a traditional L-Foot assembly. S-5! offers a vast array of products for just about any metal roofing situation, for a simple and easy solution and that is the unique application of this project.

What product(s) were involved?
The project involved installing a 3-megawatt system – one of the largest rooftop solar projects in the state of Hawaii – consuming 290,181-square feet of rooftop space for the PV system. The system would offset some of H-POWER’s in-house demand of 7 megawatts to run the plant.
A Varco Pruden steel building was selected as the product of choice for the structure of the “solar building” and for the facility’s rooftops. Taylor Metal Products, PBR Exposed-Fastened, Trapezoidal Rib, Metal Roofing was chosen to replace existing roof panels for the six buildings at the H-POWER plant facility. 
S-5! Solar attachments were chosen to secure the solar panels to the metal rooftops of all buildings for this project.

CityZenith's Michael Jansen on Digital Twin & the Future of the Urban Environment | commARCH Weekly 07/2020

In this episode, commARCH has a dialogue with Michael Jansen, Founder and CEO of CityZenith, to discuss the burgeoning landscape ...

FREE Newsletters


Reducing the Embodied Carbon of Walls in Industrial Buildings

Reducing the Embodied Carbon of Walls in Industrial Buildings

Kingspan partnered with Kieran Timberlake to quantify how Kingspan can reduce embodied carbon in industrial buildings.