Hawaii begins building state’s largest wind farm
Hawaii is set to start construction on the state's largest wind power plant, according to HawaiiNewsNow.
Hawaii has put a major emphasis on switching to renewable electricity, in part because the natural environment of the area is so sensitive, but also because the state suffers the highest electricity rates in the country.
The new 30-turbine wind farm located above Chun's Reef on Oahu will produce 69 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power more than 14,000 homes. The new wind farm more than doubles the current largest plant in the state, which boasts 12 turbines.
"About five-percent of Oahu's annual load will be supplied from this wind farm, so, it doesn't sound like a lot, but you do enough of them and eventually it will make a difference," Paul Gaynor, CEO of the wind farm's owner First Wind, told the news source.
The wind farm should be complete before the end of this year.
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency reports that Hawaii has mandated that 40 percent of its power come from renewable electricity by 2030. That requirement is set to grow steadily from 10 percent now to 15 percent in 2015 and 25 percent in 2020.