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State halts Big Island solar power project

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HONOLULU (AP) - The state Public Utilities Commission has put a stop to the construction of a solar farm on Hawaii Island.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the agency suspended the Hawaiian Electric Co.'s application for a needed transmission line for the solar farm, which is made up of 27 separate solar projects. Commission Chairman Randy Iwase says last week's decision was based on concerns by residents about the price of the projects.

Ocean View residents Peter and Ann Bosted filed a complaint with the commission on Aug. 29, alleging the projects misuse zoning laws and circumvent the commission's competitive bidding process.

Iwase says the plans for the solar farm will remain on hold until the concerns are addressed.

The solar farm was initially planned for completion this year.

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