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Hawaii's Largest Wind Farm Now Feeding the Grid

Nov 21, 2012
Source: 
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Electricity from the state's largest wind energy project -- Kawailoa Wind -- has begun flowing into the Hawaiian Electric Co. grid on Oahu.

At the same time, Kawailoa's developer, Boston-based First Wind LLC, is continuing to repair damage from an Aug. 1 battery fire at its other wind energy facility on Oahu that could keep it shut down for another year.

The 69-megawatt Kawailoa Wind project located northeast of Haleiwa was placed into service Nov. 2 and is capable of providing the energy needs of about 14,500 Oahu homes over the course of a year, First Wind announced Monday. The Kawailoa project does not include a battery energy storage system like the one that was destroyed by a fire at the nearby 30-megawatt Kahuku Wind project.