Palehua Wind will be located on the southern tip of the Waianae mountain range. The land, acquired by Gill Ewa Lands in 2009, was purchased with the objective of restoring the land and protecting its cultural sites.
Hundreds of years ago, Palehua looked much different than it does today. The mountain was home to a thriving forest of native plants and animals.
Years of commercial farming and cattle grazing eroded the land and damaged the watershed. Invasive species were introduced, and the once verdant mountainside became dry and dusty, increasing the risk of wildfires that threaten the health and homes of nearby residents.
Restoration is needed to undo the damage and preserve the health of the land for future generations.
Profits from Palehua Wind will help fund restoration work on more than 1,600 acres of land in the Palehua area, offering positive benefits to the land and residents:
Reforestation with native species will mitigate the damage from erosion, protect the watershed, and restore animal habitats.
Removing invasive plants and creating access roads and breaks will reduce fire risk.
Land management and maintenance will preserve cultural sites.
Zoning for the clean energy project and reforestation efforts will protect the Palehua area from residential development and preserve the land’s beauty for everyone.
Strategic, Considerate Placement
Wind energy projects must be built where the wind is strong and reliable in order to fulfill their goal of providing clean energy for the community. Hawaiian Electric has conducted many studies to identify future sites for renewable energy projects and identified the Waianae range as the last economically viable location for a wind farm on Oahu.
The strong wind resources of Palehua will allow the project to generate more electricity than a similarly sized project built elsewhere on the island. Palehua Wind will also use existing power lines from nearby Kahe Electric Power Plant, allowing us to minimize the need to build additional transmission lines.
We understand that Palehua is home to important cultural and biological resources. We are committed to minimizing potential impacts to the local environment and community through thoughtful project design, including responsible siting of project facilities. Our extensive cultural and environmental studies will help inform the final layout of the project.