Solar farm proposal gets Kauai County OK

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A plan to build a solar farm covering nearly 4 acres on Kauai has been approved by the county's planning commission.

The Garden Island is quoting Kapaa Solar LLC President Kurt Bosshard as saying that if the company finishes the project by the end of the year, it could qualify for a reimbursement of 50 percent of the construction costs.

He says the project would generate millions of dollars in state and federal contributions, allowing Kauai Island Utility Cooperative to purchase power from the facility at a reasonable rate.

The farm is to be built in an area known as Kapaa Highlands.

Solar panels are to be mounted on posts and piers 5 to 12 feet off the ground in a location that will prevent them from being visible from Kuhio Highway.

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