First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor says that it is currently working with battery manufacturer Xtreme Power to get its 30-megawatt Kahuku Wind Farm back online, after a fire destroyed a 10,000 square-foot battery warehouse there earlier this month.
Gaynor, a panelist at the 2012 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo, which kicked off Monday morning at the Hawaii Convention Center, told the audience that he doesn’t see a scenario where the 15-megawatt battery energy storage system isn’t built and returned to service. But he says it could take months before the wind farm can be turned back on.
“We’re extremely confident we will get it back online,” said Gaynor, who noted that there are between 25 and 30 people from Hawaiian Electric Co., Xtreme Power and his Boston-based company, that are working on the project.
“We’re very thankful that no one was hurt,” he said.
Kekoa Kaluhiwa, who leads First Wind’s external affairs in Hawaii, told PBN that luckily, the company has insurance on the warehouse.
The Kahuku Wind farm is First Wind’s second project in Hawaii. Located on the North Shore of Oahu, it is made up of 12 state-of-the-art 2.5-megawatt wind turbines. Together, they produce enough power for up to 7,700 homes on Oahu.
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