Wind Farm Planned for Hawaii

June 17, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] A US$5.28 million wind farm being built by Hawaii Renewable Development will provide up to 3 MW of power a day to Hawaii Electric Light Co. (HELCO) for the next 15 years. The Big Island utility and the independent power producer have completed negotiations for the power plant, to be built at windswept Upolu Point on the northernmost point of the Big Island. The deal has been submitted to the Public Utilities Commission for approval. Each megawatt of power from the plant would be able to provide electricity for about 220 homes. If approved by the PUC, the plant could be up and running in six to eight months. The new facility will be the third largest wind facility on the HELCO system. HELCO owns and operates the Lalamilo wind farm in Waimea, which can produce up to 2.3 MW of power.
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