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Video: Hawaii turns to clean energy as coal power goes extinct in the state

The last coal plant in Hawaii will be replaced in part by Kapolei Energy Storage, a big new battery designed to store solar power and feed it back to the grid when it’s needed most.

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When Hawaii shuts down its only coal plant next year, it’ll need a new source of power for critical moments of peak demand. Canary Media visited Oahu to report on the big new battery that will play that role. See for yourself in the video above, plus read about plans to launch the battery plant and Hawaii’s nation-leading shift to clean energy.

We thank videographer Lucas Assenmacher for his work on this project. Getty photographs featured in the video are by Ron Jenkins and Mark Felix.

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Julian Spector is senior reporter at Canary Media.