Somebody asked me the other day about Richard's hydroelectric project at the farm. I hadn't even gotten around to asking him about it yet when I saw this Pacific Business News article.
(Pacific Business News) Hamakua Springs Country Farms plans to use the streams along the Hamakua Coast to generate electricity as early as next year and has hired a system developer to move the process forward.
The idea has been in the works since last year, and Richard Ha, president of Hamakua Springs, said development of the hydropower system is likely to begin in 2012. The farm has received the proper permits, he said, but the cost and design analysis has not yet begun. He expects the evaluation and building process to take about seven months to a year. Read the rest
Richard told me, "We cannot wait to make our electric bill predictable and stable."