Maui Blog - Georgie Hunter R(S): Kaheawa Wind Farm, Maui HI - energy captured from the tradewinds

Kaheawa Wind Farm, Maui HI - energy captured from the tradewinds

kaheawa wind farm on maui

 

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!

Since Maui is such a great place to embrace with power, many homeowners are taking advantage of this sustainable and free resource.  What about you?  Will windpower work for you?

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Comment balloon 12 commentsGeorgie Hunter R(S) 58089 • April 29 2008 06:33PM

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Hey Georgina,

We are currently looking at financing a couple wind farms which are designed to take advantage of the tradewinds, but in a different area of the world.

Great post.

Sean Allen

Posted by Sean Allen, International Financing Solutions (International Financing Solutions ) over 10 years ago
Texas is still debating using windpower in a big way. Part of our problem is that we are on the flight path for migrating birds. Now they are speaking about capturing the wave energy in the Gulf, but they are checking to see that it will not hurt the ecosystem there.
Posted by Frank Schulte-Ladbeck (Frank Schulte-Ladbeck Professional Real Estate Inspections) over 10 years ago

Sean Allen and Pilar - I hope that works out.... please blog about it here.

Frank - in this case, they ensured that no wildlife would be compromised.  But when you consider the alternative... did anyone ever do environmental impact studies before installing diesel burning generators?  What's the environmental cost of a coal burning plant?  As they said, 600 barrels of oil a day are now NOT burned here on Maui.... that's a really good thing, even if a few birds do happen to get knocked in the head. 

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
Georgina - That's really forward thinking... I wish that the would also use these offshore in Florida, but everyone is so afraid the will ruin the views.  We have to start thinking about the future. 
Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 10 years ago
Debbie - they don't ruin the view, they enhance the view - it's the sight of energy independence.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Georgina~ 

Interesting to think about the whole subject of renewable energy...and then to see examples of how it is happening in locales around the world...I am wondering about SOLAR energy in HA...any news on that?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) over 10 years ago
I've heard of some areas considering putting windmills at sea, but the locals complained about the view.  My statement is, "would you rather see an oil rig?"
Posted by Tiffany Wilson, SFR, First Time Home Buyers & Investors (eReal Estate Corp) over 10 years ago

JaneAnne - lots of people use solar hot water - that's a no brainer.  Many people are also now doing grid tie ins with solar panels to ease their electric bill burden.  Some companies go for it full on - like the Harley Davidson shop that I posted about a while ago.  So far no large scale government backed PV projects are in the works (on Maui) that I'm aware of... probably because of space constraints... vacant land is too precious.

Tiffany - I hear you!  Windmills look much better than oil rigs or smoke stacks.  We should get used to it.

Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

Georgina,

Looks like the wind-generated energy is taking off on the islands and the daily savings are noteworthy. Nevada is moving ahead with wind technology, too, because our deserts and ridgelines are ideal for harnessing that energy.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 10 years ago
Esko - good for Nevada - more states and counties need to get with it - it's FREE energy!
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago
Georgina - wow! A wind power farm! Fantastic!!!! The way of the future! We need that here in Florida too, along the coastline!!!
Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) over 10 years ago
BJ - Doesn't your state do this yet?  I hear it's getting more and more common, especially in Europe.
Posted by Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089, Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info (Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers) over 10 years ago

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