Molokai Energy Assessment
Sust`aina ble Molokai News Release
Sust` aina ble Molokai has published the second piece in our Molokai-pedia project the Molokai Energy assessment. This assessment follows Agricultural Needs Assessment that helped to inform the needs in the community for food security and farmer economic security.
Due to the information gathered, we are able to pursue the development of a Molokai Food hub that will be able to help local farmers gain access to local markets on island, help our students by gaining access to local food through the cafeteria and eventually establishing off island markets for our farmers long term economic security.
It is our intent that the Energy Assessment, in the same way as the Ag Assessment has, help to inform community and other stakeholders on the needs of Molokai as it relates to energy. As a resource with historic, baseline and survey information, we hope it will be a starting point for discussion. We are now ready to move forward to the next step of building an energy-secure community by bringing the assessment to the community in a series of meetings, working groups where it can be used as a road map to help create successful small and large scale renewable energy projects for our community.
The assessment is available through our office in Ho`olehua, please call 560-5410 for a copy of the Molokai Energy Assessment. They are also available at the Kuha`o Business Center Library to be borrowed, and we will be giving them to community members at the meetings.
We would like to say mahalo and extend our appreciation to our community on Molokai who helped us by taking over 300 surveys, participating in 40 individual interviews and focus groups, countless grocery store and post office conversations in the past two years.
The next meeting is to be determined in the next few weeks and we will post flyers around the island, as well as post it in the Dispatch calendar as soon as the next date is set.
Please do not hesitate to call Emillia Noordhoek with questions, suggestions and comments or to request your energy assessment. You can download a copy of the Ag assessment on our website, sustainablemolokai.org.