KAHUKU, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - They've been given the green light by the state, and if construction goes accordingly, nine to ten new wind turbines will dot the hillsides above Kahuku by the summer of 2016.
The Na Pua Makani Wind Energy Project is a subsidiary of Champlin/GEI Wind Holdings LLC, a southern California based company.
The project will be split into two sites. One will be adjacent the current wind farm, and the other will be opposite Malaekahana.
"The electricity generated at this site will flow towards Kaneohe. So the residents of Kahuku and Laie will be using this electricity that is generated," said Scott Bradshaw, who does community outreach for Na Pua Makani.
Once built, the nine to ten wind turbines will generate enough electricity to power the daily needs of 9,900 homes. The electricity created will be sold to HECO at a low rate, and will then be re-distributed to consumers. Bradshaw said the developer has no control of whether or not HECO will pass along those savings.