Makila Hydro, LLC
Makila Hydro, LLC was formed in 2001 to restore and operate the
Kauaula Hydroelectric plant as an environmentally clean producer
of electricity. The plant originally constructed in 1914 and has
been continually operated, used and upgraded by Pioneer Mill
until the end of their sugar operation around 1999. In 2000,
Makila Land Co., LLC purchased the hydro plant from
Pioneer Mill / Amfac. Members of Makila Land Company, LLC
partnered with Hawaii Energy Group, LLC, a group of specialists
in renewable energy, to form Makila Hydro, LLC. Hawaii Energy Group, LLC
used their expertise to upgrade and restore operation of
this plant. Makila Hydro began producing power in September, 2006.
The power produced flows into Maui Electric’s grid.
The plant consists of a 500kw A.C. generator, 7200v. 43.7A @ 60 Hz.
The turbine is an Allis Chalmers 600 hp, 450rpm with 533 feet of head.