As a way to boost Kaua`i’s capacity to incorporate more solar power onto the electrical grid, the Kaua`i Island Utility Cooperative’s proposed pumped storage hydropower project using old sugar plantation infrastructure seems like a no-brainer.
But with an independent power producer closely allied with the irrigation system’s manager competing for some of the same resources, a strong desire by the Department of Hawaiian Homelands to fund and build its homestead in the area, and a petition from local residents calling for an end to water waste and the return of stream flows, support for . . .
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