Auwahi Wind and energy storage facility goes online

It’s always good to see a project through to the end, so we were delighted to read in North American Wind Power that the Auwahi Wind facility in Hawaii, originally announced in May 2012, was now up and running.

According to owners Sempra US Gas & Power, and BP Wind Energy, the eight Siemens-supplied turbines on the site will generate enough clean energy to power about 10,000 typical Maui homes.

That power is being sold to Maui Electric Co. under a 20-year contract, and the project also features a 10 MW battery capable of storing 4.4 MWh, to plug the energy gap on less windy days, says the report.

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