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County to hold July 16 meeting on re-powering Lalamilo Wind Farm

The County of Hawaii Department of Water Supply is seeking comments on the draft environmental assessment at a public information meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on July 16, at the Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana for its proposed re-powering of the Lalamilo Wind Farm located at Lalamilo, South Kohala, from agencies having jurisdiction, or expertise, as well as those citizen groups and individuals that may be affected.

The previous Lalamilo Wind Farm, constructed in the mid-1980s with a 120 wind turbines for a total generating capacity of 2.7 megawatts, was decommissioned in 2010 in anticipation of re-powering the site with newer, more efficient technology. The proposed repowered Lalamilo Wind Farm (Project) will provide renewable energy to power the eight existing water wells in the Lālāmilo-Parker water distribution system. The project is located adjacent to the DWS water wells and will generate significant energy savings for the DWS and, ultimately, its consumers.

The project will consist of five Vestas V47-660 kilowatt wind turbines to provide a total generating capacity of 3.3 MW to the eight DWS water wells. The wind turbine’s maximum height, including the turbine blades, will measure 198.5 feet tall.

On an adjacent parcel south of the wind farm site, a new, above-ground electric power line will be constructed within the existing DWS right-of-way and easement. The power line will extend to the north, from the DWS Parker Well No. 4 approximately 6,700 feet terminating within the existing Hawaii Electric Light Company substation.

All eight wells and the switch gear will be equipped with new electronic supervisory control and data acquisition equipment to maximize usage of the wind-generated electricity by the wells, maximizing the energy cost savings. The project will continue to make use of the existing meteorological tower, two existing radio towers, and office/shop building remaining from the original Lalamilo Wind Farm.

The Kanu o ka ‘Aina Learning ‘Ohana is at 64-1043 Hi’iaka St., Halau Ho’olako in Kamuela. Comments on the draft EA may either be submitted in person at the meeting or mailed to: Attention: Leilani Pulmano, Tetra Tech Inc., 737 Bishop St., Suite 2340, Honolulu, HI, 96813. For more information, contact Pulmano at 441-6600 or by email at leilani.pulmano@tetratech.com. Comments should be received by July 23.