First Wind breaks ground on Hawaii's largest wind farm

First Wind plans to break ground next week on what will be the largest wind energy project in Hawaii, the 69-megawatt Kawailoa Wind farm on the North Shore of Oahu.

The company has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for Feb. 24 at the site, land near Haleiwa that is owned by Kamehameha Schools.

The Kawailoa Wind farm will utilize 30 Siemens SWT2.3-101 wind turbines, each able to generate up to 2.3 megawatts of power, and will generate enough electricity to power more than 14,500 homes, the company said in a statement.

The electricity generated by the wind farm will be sold by Kawailoa Wind Power, a subsidiary of Boston-based First Wind, to Hawaiian Electric Co. (NYSE: HE) at set prices over 20 years.

First Wind also owns and operates the 30-megawatt Kaheawa wind farm above Maalea on Maui and the 30-megawatt Kahuku wind farm on Oahu.

Read more in the Pacific Business News.

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