Auwahi Wind farm up and running
ULUPALAKUA, Hawaii (AP) — The 21-megawatt Auwahi Wind farm on Maui is up and running.
Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy announced Thursday that the wind farm on the Ulupalakua Ranch is in full commercial operation with eight new wind turbines turning on the southeast ridge of Maui’s Haleakala volcano.
Sempra president and CEO Jeffrey W. Martin says the project will help Hawaii reach its goal of securing 40 percent of its energy from renewable resources by 2030.
The power from the wind farm is being sold to Maui Electric Co. under a 20-year contract.
The wind farm is expected to generate enough energy to power about 10,000 typical Maui homes.