Hawaii’s largest wind farm begins operations
First Wind will sell the generated power to Hawaiian Electric Co.
First Wind announced 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.
“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.
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