U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz, Hawaii Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa today joined officials from Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, BP Wind Energy and community leaders for the dedication of the new Auwahi Wind facility on Ulupalakua Ranch.
The eight wind turbines are situated along the slopes of the Haleakala volcano and generate enough electricity to power 10,000 local homes.
More than 200 guests attended Friday’s dedication ceremony, which included traditional Hawaiian chants and prayers.
Sen. Schatz said the Auwahi wind farm contributes significantly to Hawaii’s clean energy goals.