Wind power in Hawaii

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Wind power in Hawaii has the potential to provide all of the electricity used in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The 114 commercial wind turbines in the state have a total capacity of 206 MW. In 2013, they produced 5.1% of Hawaii's electricity.[1] In 2012, Hawaii generated 367 million kWh from wind power.[2]

Hawaii began research into wind power in the mid-1980s with a 340 kW turbine on Maui, and the 2.3MW Lalamilo Wells wind farm on Oahu and the 9MW Kamaoa wind farm on the Big Island of Hawaii .[3] The MOD-5B, a 3.2MW wind turbine, on Oahu was the largest in the world in 1987. These early examples were all out of service by 2010.

Notable projects[edit]

Hawaii's sources of electricity.

Future projects[edit]

  • Na Pua Makani Wind Farm, 24 MW, expected completion by early 2016[4]
  • Lalamilo Wind Farm, 3.3 MW, expected completion in 2016, five new windmills will replace the old 120-windmill 2.3MW wind farm[5]

Former wind farms[edit]


Hawaii Wind Generation Capacity by Year
Megawatts of Installed Generating Capacity[6]
Hawaii wind resources

Hawaii has the potential to install 3,000 MW of wind power, capable of generating 12,000 million kWh/year with 80 meter hub heights operating at 30% capacity factor or more.[7] Hawaii used 9,962 million kWh in 2011, so Hawaii has the potential to generate all electricity used in the state from wind and solar power,[8] with 15,000 million kWh/year from concentrated solar power plants. In addition, Hawaii has the potential to generate 2,800,000 million kWh/year from offshore wind power.[9] Authorities approved feasibility in 2016 for 3 companies looking at floating wind turbines up to 400 MW.[10]

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