05-Sep-2018

AUWAHI WIND TO HIGHLIGHT ENERGY GENERATION EFFORTS WHILE
PROTECTING NATIVE ECOSYSTEMS AT MNHCoC “TALK STORY”

ReScheduled to Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Tuesday, September 11th
at Maui Tropical Plantation in Waikapū


KAHULUI, MAUI, HI –  George Akau, Project Biologist and Jeff Stuber, Operations & Maintenance Manager of Auwahi Wind are the featured speakers at this month’s Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce’s (MNHCoC) Talk Story social at 5:30 pm, Wednesday, November 7 Tuesday, September 11   at the Maui Tropical Plantation Tram Station.


Auwahi Wind, located on the wind-rich Ulupalakua Ranch on the southeast coast of Maui, Hawai’i, is a joint venture of Sempra Renewables and BP Wind Energy. Their wind farm was completed in December 2012, and is endeavoring to bring Hawai’i closer to its goal of increasing its use of renewable energy. With eight turbines, Auwahi Wind’s is currently generating enough electricity to power approximately 14,500 Hawai’i homes. Auwahi Wind provides a new source of clean, locally produced power to Maui homeowners and Maui Electric Co. Wind power reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about 60,500 tons annually, the equivalent of taking approximately 12,500 cars off the road. 


We look forward to sharing our projects history, partnership and integration with Maui Electric Co. and what efforts we are taking thru the use of wind and technology to ensure our environment and native ecosystems remain vibrant and thriving for our Maui community,” said Jeff Stuber, Operations & Maintenance Manager.


Auwahi Wind is committed to and a strong supporter of protecting Maui nui’s aina,” said Teri Freitas Gorman, president of the MNHCoC. Gorman added, "we encourage our members and community to join us at this Talk Story social, Tuesday, September 11 to learn and hear about their plans to generate clean energy while protecting our native ecosystems”.


No-host cocktails and networking will begin at 5:30 pm at that Maui Tropical Plantation. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and includes heavy pūpū. RSVP and pay in advance at www.mnhcoc.org or call (808) 757-3045 to pay by phone. Deadline for RSVPs is Sunday, November 4th.



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About the Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce (MNHCoC) —  MNHCoC’s mission is “to promote and sustain Hawaiian values and culture, and enhance the socio-economic status of Native Hawaiians in business and as individuals.” Membership is open to anyone with an interest in perpetuating the spirit of Aloha through commerce, culture and community. The Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce welcomes all Hawaiians and “Hawaiians at Heart” to share in their mission.  For more information, see www.mnhcoc.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,  Sept 5, 2018

Contact: Corey Vicens or 808.633.6962