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First Wind On Schedule in Kahuku

October 10, 2010


Renewable energy and jobs for the North Shore. (Photo courtesy of First Wind LLC)


First Wind LLC is on schedule to deliver sustainable wind-generated electricity to Oahu by early next year.  Half of the planned twelve massive turbines have been raised in the hills above Kahuku on Oahu’s north shore. The turbans are perched atop 250 foot towers, with the upward sweep of the giant blades reaching over 450 feet high. But, located in the folds of the Koolau foothills they are not obtrusive, and the prevailing winds carry any potential noise away from residential areas toward the mountains.

The 30 megawatt facility will join Hawaii’s other three operational wind farms in Hawaii.  There are two on the Big Island and one on Maui, with other planned.  First Wind formed Kawailoa LLC for its second Oahu wind farm.  Located on the old Kawailoa Plantation land, the 70 megawatt facility is planned to be on-line by 2012.

Even larger-scale wind operations have been discussed for Lanai and Molokai, but will require the implementation of undersea transmission lines so that the generated electricity can be marketed on Oahu where the demand is highest.

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