The Kovatch Corp. will be getting an even bigger boost of sun power.

The Nesquehoning Zoning Hearing Board on Thursday recommended approval for an 8.5-9 megawatt solar panel project to be built on top of the Nesquehoning Mountain to power the corporation, said company attorney Steve Cormier.

The company expects construction to start in the fall on the project, which will be built in three phases.

The project is being proposed by NM Solar Park I, LLC. The zoning board recommended approval for special exception to build the three separate 3-megawatt metered solar facilities. Specifically, the special exceptions for a photovoltaic solar power generating facility in a R-1 (residential) zoning district; special exception for solar panels in a CO-1 (commercial) district; a variance for the 50-foot setback from a residential district; a variance request in a commercial district for a minimum rear setback; and variances for setbacks between the property line of Kovatch Enterprises Inc. and Hauto Valley Estate Inc.

On March 31, the borough planning committee recommended approval of a special exception permit for NM Solar's project. Any excess power generated by the project would be sold back to PPL, Cormier has said.

The company has also been installing solar panels on top of one of its buildings along Route 54.