Coming PUC Decision Could Make Ka`u Solar Projects Uneconomical

posted in: August 2016 | 1

An outdated and overpriced tariff scheme. An entrepreneur who exploited loopholes in a law intended to benefit small farms. And a residential community that is seething over the prospect of more than two dozen photovoltaic arrays, intended to generate more than six megawatts, scattered across a rugged landscape that ranges from near desert conditions to dense `ohi`a forest.

These are just a few of the elements that have combined to create a controversy over a renewable energy project in the remote subdivision of Hawaiian Ocean View Ranchos (HOVR) in the Ka`u district of the Big Island.

The solar . . .

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