Project Details

Project Name:
Kaheawa Wind Power I
Developer:
TerraForm Power (previously SunEdison/First Wind)
Technology:
Wind
Location:
Kaheawa
Island:
Maui
Capacity:
30MW
Tax Map Key:
(2)4-8-001:001
PUC Docket:
2004-0365
Project Status:
Existing/Operational
Description:
Located above Maalaea, Maui, Kaheawa Wind I (KWP I) was the first wind farm built by First Wind in Hawaii and has been in operation since June 2006. The 30 megawatt (MW) facility is capable of producing enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 11,000 homes annually. Maui Electric Company (MECO) purchases power from this facility under contract at $0.13718/kilowatt-hour (on peak) and $0.12881/kilowatt-hour (off peak) (average 2019 energy price based on energy purchased) through June 2026 under a power purchase agreement approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission in 2005. Kaheawa Wind I was the first operating wind farm in the United States to complete and implement a Habitat Conservation Plan to address impacts to the Kaheawa area's endangered species. KWP I is located next to the 21 MW Kaheawa Wind II, which began operating in July 2012 and is capable of powering the equivalent of 7,700 Maui homes annually. Built by First Wind on land leased from the State, KWP I is now owned by TerraForm Power. In 2019, the three major wind farms on Maui - KWP I, KWP II, and Auwahi Wind - provided just over 21% of Maui's overall energy needs.

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