Hawaii is strapped for energy. Most of the State’s energy comes from foreign oil, and Hawaii spends 8% of its GDP on oil and the island that uses the most energy (Oahu) has the fewest sustainable sources. (In Kihei, Maui, Gas is $4.86 for regular.) Other islands have had limited success with solar and small scale windfarms, but a new proposal calls for a large wind farm on the island of Lanai.
The company that owns Lanai has proposed a 12,800 acre windmill farm in a remote corner of the island. This proposed farm would produce 300 to 400 megawatts of energy and create 20 to 30 permanent jobs. In addition, local businesses may benefit from the construction of these windmills.