The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved an agreement between First Wind and Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) for the utility to purchase renewable energy produced by the proposed 69 MW Kawailoa Wind project on Oahu's north shore.
The project, which will utilize 30 Siemens SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines, will be built on former Kawailoa Plantation land that is owned by Kamehameha Schools.
Under the contract, Kawailoa Wind Power, a subsidiary of Massachusetts-based First
Wind, will sell renewable energy to HECO at predetermined prices over 20 years.
When completed, Kawailoa Wind will be the largest wind energy project in the state. The project is scheduled to begin construction this month and is expected to be operating by the end of 2012.