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Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and BP Wind Energy have announced the full commercial operation of the 21 MW Auwahi Wind facility, located in Maui, Hawaii.

Maui Electric Co. (MECO) is purchasing the project's power under a 20-year contract. The Auwahi project features a 10 MW battery capable of storing 4.4 MWh of power, and the energy from the battery will help regulate and sustain power to the MECO grid during light-wind conditions.

"We are very pleased to complete construction of Auwahi Wind both on time and on budget," says Jeffrey W. Martin, president and CEO of Sempra U.S. Gas & Power. "The addition of new, clean energy from our project will be a boost for Maui's infrastructure and will help Hawaii achieve its goal of securing 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.”



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