First Wind and its partner Makani Nui Associates commemorated the five-year anniversary of successful commercial operations of their 30 MW Maui, Hawaii-based Kaheawa Wind Power I (KWP I) project.
As Maui's first utility-scale wind project, KWP I has generated nearly 563 GWh of electricity since it went online on June 22, 2006. The project is also notable for its Habitat Conservation Plan, which aims to provides protection of bird, bat and plant species that might be affected by the wind farm, according to First Wind.
‘As our first project to achieve commercial operations, KWP I has always been special, serving as not just a model for other First Wind projects, but for the industry as a whole,’ says Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind.
Company officials conducted tours of KWP I's existing operations as well as the KWP II project, a 21 MW development that is under construction on an adjacent site.