A major egg farm facility is taking shape on Oahu's North Shore.
Villa Rose, a partnership between two Mainland companies, have recently filed a more than $5 million building permit with Honolulu regulators for a microgrid project at this new facility.
The microgrid will include generators and a battery storage system, among other components. The project is expected to help the egg farm save significant amounts of money on its operating costs.
Located on Dole Food Co. land in Waialua, the Villa Rose project is expected to help Hawaii reduce its reliance on importing fresh eggs from the Mainland and increase the sustainability of food supply in the Islands.
The companies involved in the project include California's Hidden Villa Ranch, one of the largest egg distributors in the U.S. and Indiana's Rose Acre Farms, one of the nation's biggest egg producers.
Hawaii ranks near the bottom in the U.S. when it comes to sales in the poultry and eggs commodity group.