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A new wind energy farm is coming to Oahu's North Shore

Site of future wind energy farm Site of future wind energy farm
Darren Pai Darren Pai
Kokoa Kaluhiwa Kokoa Kaluhiwa

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

KAHUKU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The North Shore is known for big surf, but could become famous for something else, Oahu's first wind energy farm in two decades.

The $117 million project will create jobs over 200 jobs, and it will bring more renewable energy to the island.

The project will be built on an empty piece of land between Kahuku and Turtle Bay, off of Charlie Road. There will be twelve wind turbines, similar to the company's farm in Maui.

But, in Kahuku there will be a first of its kind battery storage system. so when winds die down, stored energy will flow consistently. Hawaiian Electric will buy the renewable energy, enough to power up 7700 homes in the area.

"This is a really a significant step forward for us. It's going to add to the renewable energy we have to provide power to our customers, help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, provide stable energy pricing going on into the future so we are not as vulnerable to the volatility of oil prices, " said Darren Pai, of Hawaiian Electric Company.

"This is a big step toward the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative in providing renewable energy. This is going to be the only wind farm so far on the island of oahu --- 30 megawatts will be provided to Hawaiian Electric and the grid, said Kokoa Kaluhiwa of Kahuku Wind Power.

Back in the 1980's, Hawaiian Electric Renewable Systems owned and operated a farm in Kahuku. It went bankrupt after energy production was lower than projected.

The plan is to break ground on the wind energy farm later this year, and it's expected to be up and running by the end of next year.

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