Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we need another renewable energy project?
Renewable energy is essential to Hawaii’s future. Renewable energy projects reduce our reliance on imported fossil fuels that pollute our air and contribute to our high cost of living.
Wind is an essential part of the renewable energy sources we need to deploy to meet our 100 percent renewable energy goal. Wind will enable us to generate our own electricity instead of relying on shipments of expensive oil and coal to power our state.
Why wind energy instead of another type of renewable energy?
Wind is the most economical source of renewable energy, and wind projects take up less space than other renewable energy projects such as solar. Wind is reliable and abundant in the Palehua area.
Wind is a clean and infinite source of power. It provides jobs and economic growth and brings Hawaii closer to its 100 percent clean energy goal.
Why does this project need to be built at this location?
Large-scale solar and wind energy projects that provide clean energy for our community depend heavily on where these resources are most abundant. Studies have identified West Oahu, and Palehua in particular, as a prime location with more reliable wind potential than anywhere else on the island. Fortunately, these resources are infinite and clean — they do not pollute the air or water in the community.
How does wind power work?
On modern wind turbines, large blades are pushed by the wind, driving a generator that converts the energy into electricity. The turbines are designed to track the wind as it changes direction in order to capture the maximum amount of wind. If the wind speed becomes excessively high, the turbine shuts down to avoid mechanical damage.
The electricity produced by the turbines is then transported from the turbines through underground distribution lines to a substation, where the voltage is adjusted into a form of energy that can be delivered and used by homes and businesses.
Do wind turbines cause health issues?
In 2014, a comprehensive peer reviewed study on the health effects of wind turbines was published in the Frontiers in Public Health found no evidence that wind turbines cause physiological health issues. Additional independent studies have supported this conclusion.
Will the wind turbines kill birds and other wildlife?
The National Audubon Society, an organization that focuses on protecting birds, strongly supports properly sited wind power as a renewable energy source. The effects of climate change are a threat to both birds and humans, and must be addressed by reducing fossil fuel consumption.
Palehua Wind is committed to minimizing harm to birds and other wildlife. Eurus Energy is working with local environmental firms to complete significant biological, cultural, and environmental studies over the next two years to ensure minimal ecological impact.
Why are the turbines so tall?
The proposed turbine model was selected because it will generate enough energy to power 27,000 Hawaii homes with as few turbines as possible. The project plan includes significantly fewer turbines than projects proposed in the past.
Will residents be able to see or hear the turbines?
Palehua Wind is designed to be minimally intrusive. Turbines will be located approximately 3.5 miles from Kapolei High School and one mile from Nanakuli High School, separated by a ridge. We understand the concerns of residents, which is why we’ve done everything we can to reduce the visual impact.
What are you doing to protect cultural sites?
We are committed to preserving cultural sites and will work closely with cultural experts to determine the best way to manage cultural considerations. We plan to work closely with Native Hawaiian leaders and cultural experts on the best path forward to protect these sites, as well as provide opportunities to enable greater access to them for cultural practices and educational purposes.
What is Eurus doing to support the community?
Eurus Energy is committed to being good neighbors by minimizing our impact on the community, and by supporting schools and community organizations.
We are working with Gill Ewa Lands, the landowners at Palehua, to help support environmental restoration. This includes preserving cultural sites, removing invasive species and reintroducing native plants to the ecosystem.