LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — A Kauai utility is seeking to pay developers and eventually power subscribers for the renewable energy they generate and support.

Kauai Island Utility Cooperative sent out a request for proposals last week looking for developers who want to build a renewable energy facility, The Garden Island reported .

The utility is planning to launch the community-based renewable energy program, which would allow customers to receive compensation for participating in eligible renewable energy projects that provide electricity and electric services.

"If successful, this program will provide another option for our members to obtain renewable energy without having to locate solar panels on their property or to purchase all their energy from the utility company," said David Bissell, the utility's president and CEO.

The program will be aimed at residents unable to install solar panels because of their properties' locations, building types, access to the electric grid or other impediments, according to the utility.

The program's first phase will be targeted for developers.

"The opportunity for people to subscribe will come later once we have a successful response to the RFP," utility spokeswoman Beth Tokioka said. "At that time, we would open it up for customers and subscribers to the program."

The utility plans to select developer bids by December. It plans to begin movement on the subscriber side by early next year, Tokioka said.

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Information from: The Garden Island, http://thegardenisland.com/