Gov. Lingle to Join First Wind for Groundbreaking Ceremony for Kahuku Wind Power Project

he ceremony will bring together state and local political officials, environmental agencies and members of the local community. First Wind officials will also be on hand to discuss the economic and environmental benefits of the Kahuku Wind farm project, which will consist of the construction and operation of twelve 2.5 MW Clipper Liberty wind turbines.

Once completed, Kahuku Wind power project will have the capacity to generate enough clean, wind energy to power about 7,700 Oahu homes each year. The wind farm will also feature innovative new technology such as a state-of-the-art battery energy storage system (BESS) developed by Xtreme Power, Inc.

WHO: Speakers will include:

* Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle
* Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind
* Dick Rosenblum, CEO of HECO
* State Senator Clayton Hee
* State Senator Mike Gabbard
* Carlos Coe, CEO of Xtreme Power

WHERE: 56-1050 Kamehameha Highway
Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii
(Event will take place on site west of Kahuku town in the hills near Charlie Rd)

WHEN: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 11:00am – 12:30pm
Suggested Arrival Time: 10:15am to allow for parking.

E-mail for directions.

First Wind is an independent wind energy company exclusively focused on the development, financing, construction, ownership and operation of utility-scale wind projects in the United States. Based in Boston, First Wind has wind projects in the Northeast, the West and in Hawaii, with the capacity to generate up to 504 megawatts of power.

First Wind has a partnership in Hawaii with Makani Nui Associates, a Hawai‘i-based company. The partnership developed, constructed, financed, owns and operates Kaheawa Wind Power I. Makani Nui is also a partner in the Kahuku Wind project.