UA Regents Reject Solar Panel Project in Fairbanks

University of Alaska regents have rejected for now an alternative energy proposal that would have constructed an array of solar panels on the hill below the statewide administration building in Fairbanks.

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by Associated Press

FAIRBANKS- University of Alaska regents have rejected for now an alternative energy proposal that would have constructed an array of solar panels on the hill below the statewide administration building in Fairbanks.


Regents voted 5-3 in favor of the proposal last week but it needed six votes to pass. Three regents were missing.


The $4.1 million project proposed by Siemens Industry Inc. was projected to generate 5 percent of the UA Fairbanks power needs.


Regent Kirk Wickersham voted no.


He says he had concerned about the appearance of the panels and the potential for glare. He also says he wanted to see a see power-cost agreement before another vote.

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