Hawaii Wind Farm on Oahu
Kahuku, First Wind's other wind farm on Oahu. Photograph: Pukkibeach
Financing in place for Hawaii Oahu wind farm
Developer First Wind announced today that it has made agreements for $236 million for a 69MW wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore in Hawaii. Here the trade winds blow constantly and year round. The project will be named Kawailoa Wind Farm.
The project is located on Kamehameha Schools’ Kawailoa Plantation lands, about 5 miles northeast of Hale‘iwa town on the north shore of O‘ahu. This wind energy project is a part of Kamehameha Schools’ North Shore Plan and was developed with input from the local community.
Site clearing commenced in 2011, with major construction taking place throughout 2012. When completed, Kawailoa Wind will be able to produce enough clean, renewable energy to power about 14,500 O‘ahu homes, and could supply as much as 5-10% of the island’s electrical load.
Hawaii state law mandates 70% clean energy for electricity and surface transportation by 2030, with 40% coming from local renewable sources. Kawailoa Wind will significantly advance the state’s progress toward these goals.
First Wind owns and operates two other wind energy projects in Hawaii and plans to create additional projects.
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