Hawaii unveils solar power plan
Jan 11, 2008 - Associated Press
The state plans to have large solar power arrays
constructed at a dozen locations around the state.
Proposal from private companies are being solicited
to develop photovoltaic systems that could generate
as much as 34 megawatts of electricity.
That would reduce Hawaii's need for approximately
130,000 barrels of fuel oil per year and would generate
enough power to supply about 9,000 homes per year,
state officials said Wednesday.
"This is one of the largest, if not the largest,
state government solar initiatives in the nation,"
said Ted Liu, director of the Department of Business,
Economic Development and Tourism.
The systems would be located at 11 Department of
Transportation sites around the state, as well as
at the Hawaii Foreign-Trade Zone in downtown Honolulu.
The state would purchase the power, which would be
used internally, for at least 20 years.
"Any private company would be able to reduce project
costs by taking advantage of state and federal energy
tax credits not otherwise available to government
agencies," Liu said.
The DOT plans to have all 12 systems completed and
operational within the next two years.
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