The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved a power purchase agreement (PPA) between Kaheawa Wind Power and Maui Electric Co. for an additional 21 MW of wind energy.
The project is an expansion of the existing 30 MW Kaheawa wind farm above Maalaea in West Maui. Under the terms of the contract, Kaheawa Wind Power, a subsidiary of Massachusetts-based First Wind, will sell as-available renewable energy to Maui Electric at pre-determined prices over 20 years. The expanded wind farm will have a combined capacity of 51 MW.
The project will also include a battery energy-storage system to assist in meeting performance standards and smoothing fluctuations in wind energy output, similar to the system installed at First Wind's Kahuku Wind project on Oahu.
SOURCE: Maui Electric Co.