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He is planning a $750 million power project that calls for 200 wind turbines to be placed next to Polihua Beach, an idyllic stretch of white sand. Castle & Cooke, Murdock's company, will send the windmill-generated electricity to Honolulu through underwater cables. The project will generate revenue for Murdock who has lost money on Lanai in recent months as real estate and tourism have faded.
Like the windmill project that is planned for Nantucket Sound in the Atlantic, this one has angered those who fear that windmills will take away from the area's natural beauty. The project is currently pending government approvals, including environmental clearance. It is expected that the approvals could be in places by late 2011 and could help Hawaii reach its goal of being 70 percent green by 2030.