Hawaii wind operations

First Wind Holdings Inc. said a 30 MW wind farm in Hawaii has gone into commercial service.

The Kahuku Wind project on Oahu features a 15 MW installed battery storage system from Xtreme Power. It is one of the first renewable energy projects funded by a federal loan guarantee program to go into operations.

First Wind received a $117 million loan guarantee in July 2010 for the project, which uses 12, 2.5 MW wind turbines from Clipper Windpower. Hawaiian Electric Co. signed a power purchase agreement for the output from the project.

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