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Kauai utility, DHHL close in on solar facility

By Associated Press


The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative is poised to build a second 12-megawatt solar power-generating facility and could begin construction next year when it signs a lease with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

The Garden Island newspaper reported that the project cleared a hurdle when the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service issued a "Finding of No Significant Impact" for the Anahola Solar Project.

The Hawaiian Homes Commission voted unanimously in September to accept the environmental assessment.

The proposed $50 million project along Kuhio Highway would consist of a 53-acre photovoltaic facility, a 5-acre service station and a substation. The facility is projected to generate more than 23,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year and replace 1.7 million gallons of oil.

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localguy wrote:
Ratepayers should be prepared for another rate increase as no way will the greedy utility company lower rates. They will find a thousand ways to increase fees to cover the cost of construction and maintenance of the solar facility. Doesn't matter if less oil is purchased, their CEO must have that yearly bonus and more money to their retirement fund. Ratepayers? The Steerage Class paying for power.
on November 15,2013 | 04:54AM
Mythman wrote:
53 acres is a nice sized project but why is it so expensive going in? What are the details on the lease. What is the pay out to DHHL?
on November 15,2013 | 03:02PM
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