Proposed Navy Solar Project on Guam Put on Hold

The submarine tender USS Frank Cable (AS 40) departs Guam for maintenance in Portland, Oregon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Claire Farin)

HAGATNA, Guam -- The U.S. Navy's proposal to lease Guam property for a solar power project has been put on hold.

The Pacific Daily News reports that Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo announced Wednesday that she had halted the proposal. She cited concerns over how the project would further a Navy plan to reduce its overall footprint on the island.

The Navy is looking to lease property in south Finegayan and the former Tumon Tank Farm to develop a solar power system. The project isn't directly related to the military buildup.

Bordallo says any proposal seeking additional land use should be in line with the Navy's "net-negative" strategy. The plan calls for more efficient use of land already owned by the Department of Defense and a smaller footprint on Guam.

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