First Wind gets green light for big Hawaii project

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission has approved First Wind and Hawaiian Electric Co.'s plan to construct a 69-megawatt wind farm on the North Shore of Oahu that will be the largest wind-energy project in the state.

The Kawailoa Wind Farm will be built on land near Haleiwa that is owned by Kamehameha Schools. It will It will have 30 Siemens SWT2.3-101 wind turbines, each able to generate up to 2.3 megawatts of power.

Kawailoa Wind Power, a subsidiary of Boston-based First Wind, will sell electricity generated by the wind farm to Hawaiian Electric at set prices over 20 years, the two companies said in a statement.

Construction is expected to start this month, and the wind farm is expected to be operational by the end of 2012.

First Wind owns and operates two other wind-energy projects in Hawaii — the 30-megawatt Kaheawa wind farm above Maalea on Maui and the 30-megawatt Kahuku wind farm on Oahu.

From Pacific Business Journal.


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