DOE Backs Hawaiian Wind Power Project

Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) has finalized a $117 million loan guarantee for the Kahuku Wind Power project. The 30-megawatt (MW) project is located in Kahuku, Hawaii and will create over 200 jobs on the island of Oahu, according to DOE.

The project is expected to be the first to meet reliability requirements for wind and solar energy set by Hawaiian Electric Company.  If this project proves successful, more wind power is in store for Hawaii, said DOE.  

The Kahuku wind power plant will use twelve 2.5-MW Liberty wind turbine generators manufactured by Clipper Windpower and a 10-MW battery energy storage system (BESS) manufactured by Xtreme Power Inc.  The BESS will modulate and smooth fluctuations in power output caused by changes in wind levels. 

When completed, Kahuku will produce the first combined installation of Clipper wind turbines and Xtreme’s battery energy storage system. 

First Wind Holdings, LLC, the project sponsor and independent U.S.-based wind energy developer, built and currently operates Hawaii’s largest wind energy facility, the 30-MW Kaheawa Wind project in Maui, which meets nearly nine percent of Maui’s annual electricity needs.


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