By NEIL “DUTCH” KUYPER
Parker Ranch recently announced it has begun a comprehensive integrated resource planning process to evaluate its energy resources — with a major twist — prioritizing the study of a community microgrid for our hometown of Waimea.
Waimea was here long before Parker Ranch. Over time, the sustainability of the Ranch, the oldest private business in the State of Hawaii, and the surrounding community of Waimea became closely intertwined through generations of hard work and a commitment to preserve our way of life, as carried on by many paniolo and their ohana. The long tradition of stewardship and of cultivating our natural resources can continue through a community microgrid, which could serve as a bridge to the future for successive generations.