An upfront cash payment is available for residential and commercial customers on Oahu who attach a battery to their home and either use or discharge power during peak hours.
Also on the rise: A big solar + storage project in New Mexico secures construction financing, and racking and tracker company OMCO Solar offers a business update.
Both Hawaiian Electric and its regulators expressed frustration over a decision approving an energy storage system that will be critical to retiring a coal-fired power plant by September 2022.
Also on the rise: DOE funds university hydrogen research, Canadian Solar backs an AI-based energy storage tech provider, Mitsubishi partners to develop hydrogen storage for U.S. markets, and two Canadian companies float a ‘blue’ hydrogen plan.
A Senate committee added language that would cut the renewable energy credit as part of an unrelated film tax credit bill.
The two projects represent a $280 million investment. Construction is being led by Moss and is expected to be complete in 2022.
Renewable resources accounted for half of the electric power serving Maui County in 2020, a first.
Almost 6,000 new rooftop solar systems were installed across Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Maui County, 78% of which included battery storage.
The utility has launched a new program, Quick Connect, aimed at accelerating the process for turning on new residential solar systems.
Henk Rogers, of Tetris Fame, talks shop about saving the planet, the future of energy storage in Hawaii and how a life-changing experience dictates how he tackles each day. Tam Hunt interviews the entrepreneur.
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