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Kalaeloa solar project gets OK from Navy command

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The Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park solar project has received approval of its environmental assessment from the Commander of Navy Region Hawaii.

The solar park will comprise 21,000 photovoltaic panels on 20 acres near Ewa Field, a former World War II-era Marine Corps airstrip.

The Hawaii state Public Utilities Commission approved a power purchase agreement between the power producer and Hawaiian Electric Co. in November.

The park is to be developed by Scatec Solar North America Inc. and Hunt Companies, while Hanwha SolarEnergy America is providing financing and will operate the facility for 20 years.

Construction is to begin this month.

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