Work begins on Hawaii’s biggest wind farm

Hawaii is expected to get a new wind farm up and running before the end of 2012. This week a groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oahu’s North Shore to begin construction on what will be Hawaii’s largest wind power farm.

The new Kawailoa Wind Farm, which is being built by First Wind, will produce 69 megawatts of electricity from its 30 Siemens 2.3 megawatt turbines when completed, which is enough to power about 14,000 homes on Oahu. This means that, according to Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind, roughly 5 percent of Oahu’s annual electricity load will come from this new wind farm. Once the wind farm is completed, the 600 acres of land will be used for livestock.

Hawaii currently gets almost all its power from imported oil. This new wind farm will help Hawaii reach its goal of getting 70% of its power from clean energy sources by 2030.

via: Hawaii News Now

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