California energy company plans new Hawaii wind farm

November 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Duane Shimogawa
Reporter- Pacific Business News

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A subsidiary of California wind energy development company Champlin is planning to build a 45-megawatt wind farm on public and private lands in Kahuku on Oahu’s North Shore next to the existing Kahuku Wind Farm, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The agency is holding a public scoping meeting on Wednesday in Kahuku to discuss preparation of a draft environmental impact statement related to an incidental take permit application for the project.

Champlin Hawaii Wind Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Santa Barbara-based Champlin, plans to build the Na Pua Makani project in two phases, with the first phase building up eight turbines and phase two adding another six turbines.

Supporting infrastructure for the proposed wind project may also include access roads, wind turbine assembly lay down areas, overhead and underground transmission and collector lines as well as an on-site substation and an operations and maintenance building.

Meantime, the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources was meeting on Friday to discuss the possible approval of a negotiated development agreement between the state and Champlin as an interim agreement prior to entering into a formal lease agreement, according to the Board’s agenda.

Champlin and its affiliates currently have more than 4,500 megawatts of wind energy projects under development. THe Kahuku project would be the company’s first project in Hawaii.

Oahu’s North Shore already is home to the 30-megawatt Kahuku Wind Farm, which is nearly back up to full power after a fire destroyed its battery warehouse last year and the 69-megawatt Kawailoa Wind farm.

Duane Shimogawa covers energy, real estate and economic development for Pacific Business News.

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