January Power Forever Event

Earn a $500 discount. 2019 is the last year to get a 30% Federal tax credit! Don’t pass up this savings. To ensure you get your PV system in 2019, contact us today! Discount applies to any solar electric system with the Tesla Powerwall Offer cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer ends January…

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Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies Income Tax Credit

by Marco Mangelsdorf / ProVision Solar, Inc. Hawaii DoTax just released their latest report on state tax credits claimed for the last year for which they have full records (2016). As it has been for the previous four years, for a total of five years, 2012-2016, the RETITC was the largest single tax credit claimed…

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Hawaii’s Modern Grid – progress toward 100% renewable energy

The Hawaiian Electric grid modernization strategy will meet the state’s 100% renewable portfolio standard, the most ambitious clean energy goal in the U.S. The Hawaiian Electric Companies supply electricity using a transmission system and distribution network originally designed to deliver electrical energy in one direction, from several large power plants to all customers. The utilities…

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Calculating and planning for distributed energy resources in the grid

The electric power industry is increasingly having to evaluate the growing penetration of distributed energy resources (DER). New sets of challenges exist for planning and operating the grid, especially with the distribution systems in which these new resources must be integrated. Now electric utilities across the world are looking at new analytical methods to assess…

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Battery boom is expected to attract $1.2 trillion in investment by 2040

The global energy-storage market will surge to a cumulative 942 gigawatts by 2040, according to a new forecast from Bloomberg NEF published Tuesday, and that growth will necessitate $1.2 trillion in investment. Sharply falling battery costs is a key driver of the boom. BNEF sees the capital cost of a utility-scale lithium-ion storage system falling…

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Hawaii Oil Dependence to Cause Electricity Prices to Rise

According to a recent article on Bloomberg, energy prices are expected to rise as much as 20% by 2020 due to new regulations for low sulfur fuel for oceangoing ships. Currently, Hawaii generates about 70% of its energy with low-sulfur oil. In 2020, maritime regulations will require ships worldwide to lower the amount of sulfur…

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Big Island Electric Rates Approaching 40 cents kilowatt-hour

In light of a base rate increase implemented earlier this year and the cost of oil in the $60-$70/barrel range, the cost of HELCO power is closing in on the 40 cents/kWh range. The small commercial G effective rate is 39.56 cents/kWh, which represents an 11 percent increase since November 2017 and 24 percent increase…

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Kona-Kohala 50th Anniversary Gala

Join us to celebrate this significant milestone and honor the Chamber’s history and look ahead to the bright future of the West Hawai’i business community. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour, and feature a delicious dinner, guest speakers, games, activities, dancing and more!

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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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Hilo Rotary 19th Annual Oktoberfest

Join us on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 at Sangha Hall (398 Kilauea Avenue, Hilo). Please note it’s a Friday, this year, breaking from tradition. Enjoy an evening of food, music, auctions, costume contests and more with friends to raise funds that help Rotary International eradicate polio as well as fund community service projects in East Hawaii. The…

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