First Wind, an independent U.S.-based wind energy company, today announced that it will begin transporting large wind turbine components from the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei to Kaheawa Wind II, a wind farm located above Ma'alaea harbor. The transport will require the use of oversized trailers.
Beginning today, Friday, Jan. 13, deliveries will be made between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and are expected to continue through mid-March. Actual transport dates vary and will depend upon favorable weather conditions for turbine installation; however, transport is expected to take place 4 to 5 days per week. Transport operations are being handled by Maui's Tri-Isle Inc. and is conducted in conjunction with the state Department of Transportation (HIDOT) and Maui County officials.
Kekoa Kaluhiwa, director of external affairs for First Wind, said, "We are pleased to begin installing these wind turbines to be able to deliver more clean, renewable energy for Maui residents. While we hope to keep traffic disruptions to a minimum, we thank the Kihei and west Maui communities for their understanding and patience during the process."
First Wind has begun transporting large wind turbine components from the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei to Kaheawa Wind II above Ma‘alaea harbor.
Each delivery will have a police escort. Drivers are asked to exercise caution when encountering the oversized trailers. The transport route begins at the Kihei Tech Park proceeding west on Pi'ilani Highway; continuing west on North Kihei Road to Honoapi'ilani Highway to the project site. Total transport time for each component is expected to be about 20 minutes and no extended road closures are anticipated.
First Wind is working with HIDOT, the Maui Police Department and other organizations along the delivery route. Questions regarding the delivery route and schedule should be directed to Leo Arsenberg, Tri-Isle Inc. at (808) 244-1800.
For more information on the Kaheawa Wind project, go to www.firstwind.com/kaheawa.
Kaheawa Wind Power II will consist of 14 wind turbines, capable of generating 21 MW of energy, enough to power about 7,700 Maui homes on an annual basis. The project will be built makai of the existing 30 MW Kaheawa Wind Power project built in 2006, which continues to provide enough energy to power about 11,000 Maui homes annually.