Ground was broken today for a new 30 megawatt wind farm to be built on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. This wind project, which is being built by Kahuka Wind Power LLC, a division of First Wind, Inc, will consist of a dozen 2.5 megawatt wind turbines and should be completed early next year. It will produce enough electricity to power about 7,700 homes.
The new Hawaiian windmill farm will also contain a battery system that will help stabilize the output of the wind farm. One interesting note is that since Hawaii relies on imported oil to generate about 90% of its electricity, this new wind farm will have a direct impact on the amount of oil that Hawaii uses. The amount of electricity predicted to be produced by these new turbines will allow Hawaii to reduce the amount of its imported oil by about 139,500 barrels per year. While the company acknowledges that the 30 megawatts is only a small part of the overall amount of electricity generated on the island, it represents one of the first moves towards decreasing Hawaii’s dependence on imported oil.