BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD — (From a press release) First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, and Hawaiian Electric Company held a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to mark the commencement of commercial operations of the Kahuku Wind project. State, local and community leaders gathered at the project site on Oahu’s North Shore to recognize the environmental and economic benefits of the 30 MW project, which features an innovative battery storage system and has the capacity to generate enough renewable energy to power up to 7,700 Oahu homes each year.
My investigation five weeks later (April 30, 2011)
A picture is worth a thousand words… watch this:
The bottom line is that both HECO and government got it wrong. Even when wind is present, the turbines are doing nothing.