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Auwahi Wind Project Online for Cheaper Maui Energy

The 21 megawatt wind project can power 10,000 typical Maui homes.
January 04, 2013

Auwahi Wind Project Online for Cheaper Maui Energy

By Mark Harbison

The Auwahi Wind project on Ulupalakua Ranch is officially online, as of last week Thursday. The ranch is located up the slopes of Haleakala from the real estate in South Maui that we represent. Energy efficiency projects, such as Smart Grid technology, are a big theme in our beautiful corner of the island, so the Auwahi Wind project is a subject of interest among South Maui home and condo owners who are pushing for continual improvements in energy affordability.

The 21-megawatt wind project cost $140 million, and was completed on time and on budget. It was a major step towards Hawaii's goal of obtaining 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.

The $140 million, 21-megawatt Auwahi Wind project on Ulupalakua Ranch went online Thursday, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy announced. Maui Electric Co. is buying the power under a 20-year contract. The project includes eight turbines and a 10-megawatt battery that can store 4.4 megawatts of power to regulate the energy generated by fluctuating wind.

While the project required 180 construction workers, only 4 full-time employees will be needed. Sempra is leasing 5,280 acres of the Ulupalakua Ranch, which is considered a win-win for both, according to Sumner Erdman, the president of Ulupalakua Ranch. He also asserted that the project protects the environment, maximizes wind as a renewable energy source and still allows the maintenance of rural open space and grazing areas for the cattle at the ranch.

As for the wind in Ulupalakua, Sempra officials stated that it blows at about 22 mph at the project site, which is situated on the southeastern part of the mountain, and the turbines only need 7mph to produce energy. The 21 megawatts generated by this project will be enough to power 10,000 typical Maui homes. The project sounds like a step in the right direction, and hopefully there won't be any unforeseen speed bumps in the project's future.

Blogs for January 2013

Living in South Maui

Posted on January 25, 2013
Living in South Maui

By Mark​ Harbison

Trying to decide where you want to purchase real estate on Maui? Those who are familiar with the island probably won't have too much trouble deciding, because it's easy to pick your favorite place when you have seen the options. For those of you who… Continue Reading

Maui Historical Society Fundraiser Concert

Posted on January 18, 2013
Maui Historical Society Fundraiser Concert

By Mark Harbison

Interested in preserving Maui's unique cultural history? On January 25th, the Maui Historical Society will be hosting their fundraiser concert series, "Hawaiian Moonlight" between 6-9pm at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku.

It may be a bit of a drive if you call South Maui… Continue Reading

Hawaii Tax Revenue Growth Forecast Improves

Posted on January 11, 2013
Hawaii Tax Revenue Growth Forecast Improves 

By Mark Harbison

Regardless of recent national fiscal concerns, Hawaii's Council on Revenues raised its tax revenue growth forecast for this fiscal year by 0.2 percentage points to 5.1 percent. They also predict a $400 million boost in revenue for the next fiscal year. This is… Continue Reading

Auwahi Wind Project Online for Cheaper Maui Energy

Posted on January 04, 2013
Auwahi Wind Project Online for Cheaper Maui Energy

By Mark Harbison

The Auwahi Wind project on Ulupalakua Ranch is officially online, as of last week Thursday. The ranch is located up the slopes of Haleakala from the real estate in South Maui that we represent. Energy efficiency projects, such as Smart Grid… Continue Reading

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