EE Ewa LLC (Eurus Energy America Corp.), Gill Ewa Lands
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Developer EE Ewa LLC, a subsidiary of Eurus Energy America Corp., proposes to build, own, and operate a 46.8 megawatt (MW) wind farm on the southwestern end of the Waianae Mountain Range on land leased from Gill Ewa Lands, which owns and manages approximately 1,600 acres in the area. The turbines would be located above Kahe Valley approximately 3.5 miles from Kapolei High School and one mile from Nanakuli High School, separated by a ridge. The Palehua Wind Project would consist of 13 Vesta 3.6 MW turbines measuring 270 feet tall at the hub, which are estimated to have the capacity to generate up to 150,000 megawatt-hours per year, roughly enough power for 27,000 Oahu homes annually. The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) estimates the project will increase its renewable energy production by 2% a year. Power from the wind farm was initially proposed to be purchased by HECO at a leveled price of $0.10975/kilowatt-hour (kWh) with federal tax credits, however, in September 2019, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission denied HECO's request for a waiver from the competitive bidding process and the proposed power purchase agreement for this project. Project proponents may submit the Palehua Wind Project for consideration in the Phase 2 request for proposals issued by HECO in August 2019. The initial project proposal received support and opposition from local residents and entities. Gill Ewa Lands states its mission is to restore the health of the Waianae Mountain ecosystem at Palehua by working to restore and preserve the land's biological, cultural, economic and historic resources, including a desire to keep its land in agriculture and conservation.