First Wind's Kahuku back online

A First Wind wind farm on Hawaii.

A First Wind wind farm on Hawaii.

Developer First Wind has brought its 30MW Kahuku wind farm on Oahu’s North Shore back to full capacity, the first time since August 2012 when a battery fire shut down operations.

An updated interconnection requirements study was conducted and determined that a new technology could replace the need for a battery system at the site.

The new Dynamic Volt-Amp Reactive (DVAR) system is a cost-effective way to provide continuous voltage regulation. The recently installed technology also improves voltage stability on utility Hawaiian Electric Company’s (HECO) grid, as well as meets interconnection requirements, according to First Wind.

The Kahuku Wind project’s 12 wind turbines have been fully maintained since the shutdown in 2012 and testing of turbines and new DVAR technology began last September. The project returned to service, but in a Log in to read complete article.

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