The project comprises five wind turbines that will altogether generate 3.3 megawatts. The wind farm will provide a less expensive renewable energy source to power the service wells in an area which serves an average 5.1 million gallons per day to residential, resort, park, industrial and commercial areas. To maximize the use of renewable energy, controls will be installed to coordinate operations with the wind generated energy production.
The Windfarm officially opened for commercial operations in September 2016, with five turbines generating 3.3 megawatts of electricity with no export to the grid. It contributes to the State of Hawai‘i’s Clean Energy Initiative’s goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045.
This project is arguably the first time in Hawai‘i, and perhaps the nation, that a local government has developed such a wind-powered, water-pumping facility capable of significant greenhouse gas reductions at no cost to the taxpayer.
The windfarm is located on 78 acres adjacent to eight Department of Water Supply wells in South Kohala.
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