While HPOWER in 1981 appeared to be the next step in managing Oahu's waste, today it has become a necessity.
Located in Kapolei's Campbell Industrial Park, HPOWER is the only waste-to-energy facility on Oahu.
Today, Hawaii residents produce more than 1.5 million tons of solid waste a year, more than HPOWER's current capacity of 605,000 tons a year.
By shredding, burning and converting 200 truckloads a day, HPOWER sells 45 megawatts of electricity daily to Hawaiian Electric Co.
HPOWER began as a joint venture between Amfac and HRRV.
Last year HPOWER incinerated a record 630,000 tons, making the two boilers, which force steam through a turbine, work at 90 percent of their capacity.