‘Āina Koa Pono is committed to work with Hawai‘i Island stakeholders to ensure that its project is undertaken in a manner that is mutually supportive of, and complements, the island’s interest.
The project will be based on the productive and sustainable use of agricultural land—renewable for the long term. Hawai‘i will re-establish the capability to “grow” a part of its own energy resources instead of remaining dependent on increasingly volatile and costly sources of imported fossil fuels prone to supply disruptions.
Once AKP’s project is fully operational at Ka‘ū, AKP will contribute at least $250,000 per year to the island through a community benefits package that focuses on education and the environment. A Community Advisory Board will be formed to recommend how the funds should best be used.
Future Island benefits could include significant impact for landfill and solid waste management. Through Micro Dee technology municipal solid waste, construction debris and tsunami or disaster debris and green waste can be converted to more than five times the kilowatt hours than regular combustion.
Biochar a byproduct of the process is a high-quality char that has potential use as a soil amendment to increase biomass or food crop yields. Professor Ken Kaneshiro of the University of Hawai‘i has concluded that yields improved by a factor of three when soils treated with char were used. Alternatively, the char (which has a high BTU value) may be used as fuel for clean power generation.