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. Power from the wind farm will be purchased by Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) at a leveled price of $0.10975/kilowatt-hour (kWh) with federal tax credits, which is lower than other recently-approved renewable energy projects on Oahu. HECO will purchase power form this project under a 22-year power purchase agreement filed in 2018 that must be approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission. HECO estimates the project will increase its renewable energy production by 2% a year. Eurus estimates the project could be operational by December 2022 pending all regulatory approvals and construction. 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. The project has received support and opposition from local residents and entities.