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Hawaiian Electric announces new NEM Plus program

The Hawaiian Electric Cos. have launched a new solar program this week called NEM Plus that allows net energy metering customers to add energy storage as well as extra panels to their rooftop solar systems — as long as the new equipment doesn’t export power to the grid. Customers may install new panels, battery storage…

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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…

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Now that the CGS program has closed, what comes next for solar in Hawaii?

The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission filed Decision and Order 34924 on October 20, introducing two new solar programs for the Hawaii solar industry. Further details remain to be worked out and the utilities have 60 days to submit the proposed new tariffs and required forms to the PUC for their review and approval. There are…

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PUC rejects solar bid to lift cap on customer grid-supply option

By Duane Shimogawa – Reporter Pacific Business News Hawaii regulators have shot down a request by an alliance of solar energy industry trade groups to increase the cap on one of the options for installing rooftop solar that replaced net energy metering, according to public documents. Earlier this year, the solar groups, including Sunpower Corp.…

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PUC merges solar programs’ queues

By Kathryn Mykleseth The state Public Utilities Commission has opened up a possibility for solar customers to get credit on their electrical bills, but that depends on grandfathered customers of a more lucrative program forfeiting their place in line. The PUC said in an order issued Friday that new solar customers could enroll in the…

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