POSTED: 7:37 a.m. HST, Jul 5, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 8:48 a.m. HST, Jul 5, 2012
The 21-megawatt Kaheawa Wind II project has begun commercial operations on Maui, according to Boston-based First Wind, the developer.
Kaheawa Wind II is located above Maalaea harbor and is adjacent to the 30-megawatt Kaheawa Wind I, which started commercial operations under an agreement with the Maui Electric Co. in 2006.
Kaheawa Wind I and II combined, can power up to 18,700 homes annually with their total 51 megawatts of generating capacity.
Kaheawa II includes a battery energy storage system to a help buffer fluctuations in energy output normally associated with wind turbines.