Hawaii Wind Energy Investment

Hawaii Adds Another Gigawatt of Wind Power

Written by Brian Hicks
Posted May 18, 2012

Sempra US Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy recently announced a partnership to develop the Auwahi Wind farm in Hawaii.

This is the fifth such project being developed between the companies that's going to result in over 1,000 MW of installed capacity when all is said and done.

The farm, located on Maui, will use eight Siemens (NYSE:SI) turbines that will have the capability of generating enough power for 10,000 residents. The construction is set to begin shortly with the farm expected to go online by the end of the year.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to further expand our highly successful strategic partnership with BP Wind Energy while helping Hawaii advance one step closer to its renewable energy goals…our companies share a commitment to building and operating the Auwahi Wind farm in a way that reflects Maui’s commitment to environmental protection. We look forward to providing a stable supply of clean power to the region and becoming a long-term partner with the local community,” Vice President of Renewables for Sempra US Jim Sahagian said in a statement.

The Auwahi Wind farm will also utilize a first for the BP Wind and Sempra US Gas & Power partnership: Using a battery storage unit. This battery storage unit can store over 4 MW of energy which will be an enormous help regulating intermittent wind power and providing grid stability for the Maui Electric Company.

This project’s energy, which has already been sold under a long-term PPA to the Maui Electric Company, is a major step towards having Hawaii reach its goal of 40% of electricity generated from renewable sources by 2030.