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Navy revises plan for solar panels on runway

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HONOLULU (AP) - The Navy says it no longer favors covering an historic Hawaii runway with solar panels to meet green energy requirements and will instead place panels on fallow acreage.

The plan to cover 28 acres of Ford Island runway had drawn protest from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and others.

The Navy in an environmental assessment says 50,000 panels on Waipio Peninsula are preferred and the Ford Island runway remains an alternative site.

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports the solar energy equipment is part of a military power project for bases on Oahu and Kauai in response to a push by Congress and the Defense Department to substitute renewable energy for dependence on foreign fossil fuel.

Public for the environmental assessment is open through June 24.

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