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On Oahu’s North Shore Experience You’re First Wind Farm

 

On Oahu’s North Shore Experience You’re First Wind Farm and I must say, it’s really a wonder to see these giant wind turbines in action. My first wind farm was in the Central valley of California, and the state has many wind farms up and down their coast. So I’m truly glad to see our Islands moving toward being a more green energy state.

Oahu’s North Shore Wind Farm Begins OperatingFirst Wind said Monday that it has completed construction of Hawaii’s largest wind farm, the Kawailoa Wind project, which has begun commercial operations on the North Shore of Oahu.

The 69-megawatt wind farm, built on land owned by Kamehameha Schools near Haleiwa, is expected to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 14,500 homes on Oahu, and at full output could meet as much as 10 percent of Oahu’s annual power needs, Boston-based First Wind said.

On Oahu’s North Shore Experience You’re First Wind Farm

“This is, by far, the single largest wind-energy project in Hawaii’s history,” Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz said in a statement. “We’ve got more work to do, but this is an important moment in our efforts towards a clean-energy future.”

First Wind started construction on the Kawailoa Wind project, its second project on Oahu and fourth in Hawaii, in February, and began transporting the components for the 30 Siemens 2.3-megawatt wind turbines to the North Shore site in June.

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approved a power-purchase agreement between First Wind and Hawaiian Electric Co., a subsidiary of Hawaiian Electric Industries Inc. (NYSE: HE), last December.

Meanwhile, Hawaiian Electric said Friday that it will cost at least $8 million to rebuild the interconnection facility inside the battery energy storage system warehouse at First Wind’s Kahuku Wind farm on Oahu. The 15-megawatt battery system was destroyed in a fire last summer.

On Oahu’s North Shore Experience You’re First Wind Farm, produce by clean free resources for all to use…

~~Aloha Nui Loa

 

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