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Solar Power Advocacy Network: Help keep pressure on Congress to #DefendTheITC

The 30% federal investment tax credit (ITC) is among the most important incentives currently available for solar PV. Over the next 3 years the ITC will drop each year until it is only a 10% tax credit. The Solar Power Advocacy Network is encouraging everyone to contact their government representatives to #DefendTheITC   Now is…

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Mahalo for Best of East Hawaii!

Mahalo East Hawaii for voting us Best Solar Installer for East Hawaii seven years in a row. We are incredibly humbled and so appreciative of the support from our East Hawaii Community. We have always put value for our customers as our business model.  We are proud to serve the East side of the Big…

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Grid Outages and the Magic of Frequency Shifting

This is the fascinating story of frequency shifting. Normal electric utility frequency is 60 hertz (Hz).  Solar electric inverters require the utility frequency to be at or near 60 Hz in order to operate.  During a grid outage, Powerwall effectively establishes grid quality power (120/240 volts at 60 Hz), allowing a nano grid to operate…

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Storm knocks out power to much of the Big Island

By MICHAEL BRESTOVANSKY Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Tuesday, July 9, 2019 While the former hurricane Barbara was too weak to cause significant damage to the Big Island, it still succeeded in knocking out power to much of the island Monday. As rain lashed the windward side of the island Monday morning, power outages struck residences and…

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Tesla’s 16 year anniversary – Teslarati explores the history of Tesla Inc.

Tesla’s 16-year anniversary: A tale of trials, tribulations, and grit that continues to this day By Simon Alvarez | TESLARATI Sixteen years ago, engineer-entrepreneurs Martin Eberhard and Marc Tarpenning incorporated a company that was, for the most part, a legitimate long shot. Named Tesla Motors, the company occupied an office that had three desks and…

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Hawaii Island CGS Plus capacity dwindling

Hawaiian Electric’s Customer Grid Supply Plus (CGS Plus) program has capacity limits that vary by island. The original capacity for HELCO was 7 MW. The CGS Plus+ program will remain open until the installed capacity is reached. Currently the CGS Plus available capacity is 58% or about 4 MW. The benefits of CGS Plus are…

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State study explores utility alternatives

By JOHN BURNETT Hawaii Tribune-Herald | Thursday, June 6, 2019, 12:05 a.m. The Hawaii State Energy Office on Tuesday unveiled a study analyzing alternative models for utility ownership and regulation in Hawaii. The $1.2 million study was produced by London Economics International LLC of Boston in response to a law signed in 2016 providing funding…

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