Kauai utility plans to boost use of hydropower

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Kauai’s electric utility says it plans to buy power from a new hydroelectric facility.

Gay & Robinson is building the first new large-scale hydropower plant on Kauai in 80 years.

The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative says the plan will helps the utility get closer to its goal of using renewables to generate 50 percent of its energy.

Terms of a proposed contract between the utility and Gay & Robinson are confidential.

They must be approval by the Public Utilities Commission. Gay and Robinson hopes to have the plant operational in five years.

Gay & Robinson plans to build the 6-megawatt facility below an existing 1.3-megawatt plant on Olokele Ditch.

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