Nowhere is homegrown renewable energy more important than on islands, and with a recent announcement from the U.S. Department of Energy , it looks like Hawaii is about to say “aloha” to whole lot of wind power.
According to a recent release, the Department of Energy will be offering a conditional commitment on a $117 million loan guarantee to finance the construction and start-up of an innovative 30 megawatt (MW) wind energy project based in Kahuku, Hawaii. Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Oahu-based Kahuku Wind Power, LLC, project will feature 2.5 MW wind turbine generators along with a battery energy storage system to help ensure load stability.
The wind power project is expected to help meet Hawaii meet its Clean Energy Initiative goal of generating 70 percent of its energy from clean sources by 2030–while creating 200 jobs, powering 7,700 homes, and saving 160 million pounds of CO2. Currently, the Hawaiian islands use an isolated electric grid that relies exclusively on the use of imported oil for 90% of its energy.