Big Island solar PV permits down 28% in 2017

Marco Mangelsdorf, president of ProVision Solar, is cited in an an article from Pacific Business News discussing the trends in the solar PV market on the Big Island. While Big Island PV permits were down 28%, it is much lower than the reduction seen on neighbor island solar PV permits. According to Marco, this is an encouraging sign. Additionally, permits were up in November and December 2017 compared to the same months in 2016. According to Marco, “one new and potential lucrative market for 2018 could be the addition of battery energy storage to existing net energy metered customers,” he said. “There are over 11,000 NEM customer generators on Hawaii Island, the vast majority of them having no storage, which means that if the grid were to go down, their homes would go dark.”

Read the full article on Pacific Business News here.