Construction to begin on solar telescope

November 16, 2012  |   |  Comments
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Advanced Technology Solar Telescope rendering courtesy of Tom Kekona, K.C. Environmental, Inc.

The University of Hawaiʻi has received the Finding of Fact, Conclusions of Law, Decision and Order for the Contested Case on the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope from the Hawaiʻi Board of Land and Natural Resources.

The decision, issued November 9, 2012, by the Board of Land and Natural Resources, reaffirms the granting of the December 2, 2010 Conservation District Use Permit for the construction of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope on Haleakala.

“The university is eager to move this $300-million project forward,” said UH President M.R.C. Greenwood. “The Advanced Technology Solar Telescope is important both to the scientific community and to Hawaiʻi’s economy.”

“While we have not had the chance to completely review the Decision and Order, we are pleased that the Board recognized the many benefits of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope and that the decision reaffirms the granting of the December 2, 2010 Conservation District Use Permit for the construction of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope on Haleakala,” said UH Mānoa Institute for Astronomy Director Gunther Hasinger.

When completed, the telescope will be the world’s largest solar telescope, providing clues to the origin and development of solar storms that can affect life on Earth.

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