Even though Hawai`i is the nation’s leader in solar power use per capita, no one here — not customers, not state legislators, and certainly not the solar industry — seems happy with the way the Hawaiian Electric companies have recently dealt with integrating renewable energy into their systems.
Last year, the corporation placed restrictions on new solar photovoltaic (PV) installations that have left some 4,500 customers waiting for grid interconnection and also significantly reduced the rate of new installations. And in August, the company proposed roughly tripling its base rate, charging new PV customers $16 more, and paying net . . .
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