Kauai solar project awaits lands lease

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - A spokesman for Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says a lease with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is the last hurdle to construction of a 60-acre solar power facility.

The Garden Island reports the facility could add a second 12-megawatt solar facility to the Kauai grid.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural determined the $50 million Anahola Solar Project would have no significant effect on the environment.

KIUC communications manager Jim Kelly says construction could begin in the first half of next year if a lease is approved by the lands department.

Critic Stephanie Blakemore in public comments submitted for the environmental report says the land in Anahola should not be turned into a field of solar panels. She says panels could be installed on business and home rooftops.

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