This op-ed examines a new study showing that Hawaii’s electric utilities can save $3-7 billion by putting more solar online more quickly, and how one Hawaiian island is already doing so.
The college system plans to procure renewable energy to match its electricity consumption across all of its campuses by 2035. UH Maui has announced that it plans to reach that goal by 2019.
Utility Hawaiian Electric has announced the start of operations of a pilot project featuring flywheel energy storage technology provided by Amber Kinetics. The project will test the technology’s capability of supporting the grid and allowing further integration of renewable generation.
The national solar installer has acquired Haleakala Solar, and plans to hire 1,000 new employees in Hawaii over the next two years.
The company’s 28 MW PV plant will be paired with a 20 MW/100 MWh battery system, and will push the island to meeting more than 1/3 of electric demand with solar.
Last year, the number of solar+storage permits granted by Honolulu city and county increased to 731, a startling increase from the 40 the city granted in 2016.
With more than 100 megawatts of solar still under construction, the state is continuing its national leadership.
Three solar projects which were caught up in the fire sale of SunEdison assets are finally seeing the light of day.
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