In Hawaii, on the North shore of the island of Oahu, the community of Kahuku is blessed with a powerful resource—the wind.
The trade winds blowing over the ocean arrive first on the North Shore, making Kahuku the ideal location for the future home of Na Pua Makani, a 27-megawatt wind energy facility. Na Pua Makani will be the lowest cost wind energy project in the state’s history, helping to stabilize and reduce Oahu residents’ high electricity bills.
The energy produced by Na Pua Makani will move our island toward energy independence, using a local resource, makani (wind) to free us from expensive overseas oil that pollutes our air, water and land when burned and contributes to global warming, sea-level rise and beach erosion.
Na Pua Makani protects our fragile environment and helps create a sustainable island, preserving the things that make Kahuku, the North Shore and our island special.
In addition to bringing construction and long-term operations and maintenance jobs to Kahuku, the project will deliver an array of economic benefits to the community, Oahu and the state. The project is planned to be under construction by the beginning of 2017 and operating by the end of 2017.
Na Pua Makani will deliver numerous benefits to the people of the state,
the island of Oahu and to the community in which it would be located: