Solar Power To Be Developed at 12 Locations Around State

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Governor Linda Lingle announced plans to develop large solar power arrays at 12 locations throughout Hawaii.

Lingle says the historic plan is aimed at developing renewable energy in the state.

The photovoltaic systems could generate as much as 34 megawatts of electricity at 11 Department of Transportation sites and at the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone in downtown Honolulu.

Officials say the system will reduce Hawaii's need for about 130,000 barrels of fuel oil per year and would generate enough power to supply about 9,000 homes per year.

The DOT plans to have all 12 systems operational within two years.