WAIMEA, Hawaii (AP) A cattle ranch on the Big Island is exploring whether it can generate enough renewable energy to sustain itself and neighboring Waimea.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that the ranch has hired three consulting companies to help determine what's possible on its 130,000 acres.
Chief executive Neil "Dutch" Kuyper of Parker Ranch says the ranch's primary motivation is saving money and avoiding the volatility in prices from utilities. He hopes there will be enough energy to help supply Waimea.
Kuyper says the ranch pays an average $300,000 per year for electricity. He says the ranch has potential for wind, solar and biomass energy development, plus pumped hydro-power.
Parker Ranch was established in 1847, and is run through a charitable trust. The ranch owns about 26,000 cattle and 125 horses.