First Wind Is Dy­namic In Kahuku

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander -

The 12 tur­bines are up and run­ning again. First Wind’s Kahuku Wind Project is re­ported at full ca­pac­ity and once again pro­duc­ing enough power to light up 7,700 homes on Oahu.

The project was grounded in Au­gust 2012 af­ter a fire broke out in its bat­tery fa­cil­ity for stil­lun­known rea­sons. Rather than re­in­stalling the same sys­tem man­u­fac­tured by Xtreme Power Inc., First Wind did some re­search and chose to go with a more ad­vanced Dy­namic Volt-Amp Re­ac­tive sys­tem, which it said is cheaper and more re­li­able with HECO’s grid — and it elim­i­nates al­to­gether the need for a bat­tery fa­cil­ity.

The sys­tem has been reg­u­larly main­tained since the 2012 fire, and it re­turned in a limited ca­pac­ity last Septem­ber, pro­duc­ing only 5mW out of its pos­si­ble 30.

HECO gave the goa­head to re­turn to full ca­pac­ity in late Jan­uary.

First Wind has op­er­ated Kahuku Wind Project since March 2011, and it is one of three First Wind projects in Hawaii, which in­clude fa­cil­i­ties at Ka­heawa and Kawailoa. A Habi­tat Con­ser­va­tion Plan also is in ef­fect at Kahuku, pro­tect­ing en­dan­gered na­tive wildlife at the project site.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the wind project, visit first­ uku-wind.

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