The Kahuku Wind project in Hawaii is back online at full capacity, according to First Wind. Operations at the 30-MW facility, located on the North Shore of O’ahu, were suspended after a battery facility fire in August 2012.
The battery system at the site was replaced with a Dynamic Volt-Amp Reactive system that provides continuous voltage regulation. According to First Wind, the technology also improves voltage stability on Hawaiian Electric Co.’s grid and meets interconnection requirements.
First Wind had been working with HECO and other experts to bring to project back to its full capacity, the company stated. The 12 turbines at the project have been maintained since operations were suspended, and testing of the turbines and the new DVAR technology began in September 2013.