Kaheawa Wind Power - is a 30 MegaWatt wind farm located in the West Maui Mountains high above Maui's scenic shores, and very visible from the resort areas of Maalaea, Kihei and Wailea. They are owned and operated by UPC Hawaii Wind Partners, a Massachusetts-based wind farm company.
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have agreed to join forces with UPC Hawaii Wind Partners to study the integration of wind technology into the Hawai'i utility system. This is the first such partner site for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's wind technology program outside of its base in Colorado. We are lucky to have this opportunity on Maui.
Taken from a beach in North Kihei, this picture shows the 20 wind turbines on the ridge above the strip of Maalaea Bay condos at the shore.
We have strong tradewinds on Maui, and they get funneled through the central valley, picking up speed. The location of the wind farm takes advantage of these accelerated winds. About 10% of our energy needs is currently being met with the power produced here at Kaheawa Wind Farm. This translates to saving the island of Maui 600 barrels of oil per day.... and that's what the alternative is... diesel generating plants!