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First Wind project in Hawaii goes operational

First Wind, a Boston-based company that operates wind projects in the Northeast, the West, and Hawaii, said that commercial operations have begun at its Kawailoa wind facility on Oahu.

The 69 megawatt project will be able to generate enough wind energy to power the equivalent of 14,500 homes on the island. At full output, it has the potential to meet as much as 5 to 10 percent of Oahu’s annual electrical demand and avoid the burning of about 300,000 barrels of oil each year, the company said in a press release.

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The Kawailoa project is First Wind’s second project on Oahu and fourth in the Hawaiian islands.

In a statement, First Wind chief executive Paul Gaynor said, “Now with our Kawailoa project online, First Wind’s combined projects on Oahu and Maui have the capacity to generate enough clean energy to serve over 40,000 businesses and homes in local communities throughout Hawaii.”

According to its website, the company has several projects in Maine, including Oakfield Wind and Mars Hill, as well as Sheffield Wind in Vermont. It also has projects in New York state, Utah, and Washington state.

Chris Reidy can be reached at reidy@globe.com.
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