Members of the public have cited fire as a cause of concern in regards to community safety. The most serious fire threat comes from the use of battery storage systems by some wind farms. There will be no battery system at Na Pua Makani, minimizing the likelihood of a fire.
Additionally, fire hazards can be significantly reduced through use of modern wind project design and operating procedures. According to a document published by Australian Wind Energy Association, “Wind Farm Safety in Australia,” the risk of fire at wind farms is very low for projects that subscribe to the best-practices approach that will be followed at Na Pua Makani.
- Sufficient height of wind turbine towers above the ground.
- Elimination of vegetation around the base of the turbine towers.
- High-voltage power line connections installed underground.
- Construction of access roads, which act as firebreaks and provide good firefighting access.
- Lightening protection devices installed on every wind turbine.
- Dedicated monitoring systems that detect temperature increases in the turbines and shut them down when the threshold temperature is reached.