The Molokai Big Wind project is pau — at least for now. 

Molokai Ranch says that it has called off a deal with Molokai Renewables to build about 70 wind turbines on its property. 

Does this mean I Aloha Molokai can finally get some rest?

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Molokai Ranch and Molokai Renewables, a joint venture between Pattern Energy and Bio-Logical Capital, sent Civil Beat the following statements on the situation: 

Guy Kaulukukui, senior vice president for Bio-Logical Capital in Hawaii: 

While we are disappointed with Moloka‘i Properties’ decision not to move forward with our proposed wind farm project on Moloka‘i Ranch lands, we respect their decision.  We have enjoyed working with Moloka’i Properties and appreciate their commitment to Moloka‘i.

While we were still many years away from potentially building a wind farm, our initial research indicated that Moloka‘i‘s residents would benefit from the kind of sustainable wind project we were proposing – one with unique benefits commitments to restore and conserve the land, preserve Moloka‘i ‘s rich culture and way of life, and enhance the ocean resources and local food supply that Moloka‘i depends on.

Although we understand some people still opposed this project, it has been gratifying to see how many residents were open to the idea of creating a sustainable energy source, and to receiving the benefits that would flow to local residents from this project.

Moloka‘i Renewables is deeply grateful to the residents of Moloka‘i who provided us with many excellent ideas on how to best approach establishing a clean, green wind farm on the island. We shall miss working with them.

Pattern Energy and Bio-Logical Capital remain committed to helping Hawai‘i achieve its clean energy goals by developing sustainable energy sources, and thus reduce our dependence on imported fuel oil.  Our companies will continue to pursue other sustainable energy projects that promote environmental stewardship in Hawaii.

Clay Rumbaoa, CEO of Molokai Properties, Ltd.: 
After much consideration and discussions with Moloka’i Renewables, we made the decision not to renew the agreement for the proposed wind farm project on Molokai Ranch lands at this time.  Our focus is currently on ensuring the success of our newly re-launched ranching operations and our efforts to re-open existing facilities, such as the Maunaloa Lodge, in an effort to create opportunities for the island. We have enjoyed working with Moloka‘i Renewables and appreciate their commitment to smart and sustainable wind projects. 

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