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Nā Pua Makani will contribute to the state’s movement toward a sustainable, renewable energy future and goal to reach 100% renewable energy by 2045.
Nā Pua Makani will create one of the lowest-cost electricity resources in the state and help O‘ahu become energy independent by converting wind from Oʻahu’s North Shore into renewable power for the island.
Set to begin operation by Summer 2020, the project has a nameplate generating capacity of approximately 27.6 megawatts (MW), will provide some jobs for the local community both directly and indirectly and reduce Oʻahu’s dependence on expensive imported oil and improve air quality.
Nā Pua Makani was first proposed in 2008 by the original developer West Wind Works and was first presented to the community in 2013 by Champlin Hawaiʻi Wind Holdings. The project was purchased by AES in 2018 and its key features have remained since finalization of the environmental impact study in 2016:
- 8 wind turbines, each approximately 568 feet in height
- Expected to generate enough electricity to power approximately 16,000 homes annually.
- Lowers fossil fuel usage and reduces CO2 greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 70,000 tons. This is equivalent to approximately 13,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
Nā Pua Makani also increases Hawaiian Electric’s renewable energy portfolio.
Nā Pua Makani Essential Information
- Pollution free source of energy within Hawai‘i that displaces fossil fuels that contribute to global warming
- Provides short and long-term job opportunities
- Reduces O‘ahu’s oil consumption
- Reduces Hawai‘i reliance on imported oil
AES has provided low-cost energy to Hawaiʻi for more than 25 years, serving as a partner with Hawaiian Electric to provide the energy and infrastructure solutions Hawai‘i needs. AES is currently involved in several renewable energy projects across the state including solar and battery storage projects on Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island.
- 4.1 AC (5.5 DC) MW Solar Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Projects, 7 sites, in operation
- 12.5 AC (17.5 DC) MW Solar + 50 MWh Battery Storage, Oʻahu West, in development
- 20.0 AC (28 DC) MW Solar + 100 MWh Battery Storage, in operation
- 19.3 DC (14 AC) MW + 70 MWh Battery Storage, in construction
- 60.0 AC (89.9 DC) MW Solar + 240 MWh Battery Storage, in development
- 30.0 AC (45 DC) MW Solar + 120 MWh Battery Storage, in development
AES Hawai‘i has worked closely with all stakeholders including local government, agencies and specialists to ensure protection of indigenous wildlife, and maintain the quality of life enjoyed by the community.
AES is dedicated to supporting the North Shore community.
- $2.5 million for a North Shore community recreation center upon successful commercial operation of Nā Pua Makani by Summer 2020
- Up to $1.5 million in matched gifts, dollar for dollar, of additional funds contributed toward the recreation center
- Up to $210,000 for North Shore schools and nonprofits ahead of Nā Pua Makani commercial operation, $60,000 given to date
- $80,000 annual contribution to the North Shore Hometown Opportunities, Inc. upon Nā Pua Makani commercial operation
- $20,000 annual contribution to the Lā‘ie Community Association upon Nā Pua Makani commercial operation