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Nelson solar array takes next step

One of the biggest challenges facing the proposed solar array energy project in Nelson may be its popularity.

As expected Nelson council has given the city’s utility the go-ahead to prepare land acquisition and full costing for the modest Community Solar Garden which could cost up to $450,000.

Nelson Hydro GM Alex Love says they know there are many interested locals and based on other solar launches elsewhere in North America he says it could easily be over-subscribed.

Residents would invest in the project at Bonnington and get a long-term return via solar power sales.

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The full financial proposal will be ready for the public by the fall.

It will need a certain amount of investors for it be given the ultimate go-ahead.

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