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Hawaii lawmakers vote to slash solar credits as the state looks to prop up its budget

A Senate committee added language that would cut the renewable energy credit as part of an unrelated film tax credit bill.

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Clearway starts work on solar-plus-storage projects in Hawaii

The two projects represent a $280 million investment. Construction is being led by Moss and is expected to be complete in 2022.

10 energy bills to watch in the 2021 state legislative session

From Hawaii banning fossil fuels to Kentucky outlawing floating solar PV, these 10 energy bills are worth watching in 2021

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Hawaiian Electric surpasses RPS target on path to 100% renewables

Renewable resources accounted for half of the electric power serving Maui County in 2020, a first.

Hawaiian Electric saw a 55% increase in home solar installations in 2020

Almost 6,000 new rooftop solar systems were installed across Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Maui County, 78% of which included battery storage.

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Hawaiian Electric takes an ‘install first, approve later’ approach to residential solar

The utility has launched a new program, Quick Connect, aimed at accelerating the process for turning on new residential solar systems.

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Swell Energy wins approval for 100 MWh VPP

The contract was awarded in response to Hawaiian Electric’s request for dispatchable energy storage and renewable generation through distributed energy resources along with capacity and ancillary services.

Honolulu legislates faster, easier permitting for rooftop solar

Hawaii’s continued move to online permitting reduces red tape — and has the potential to grow Hawaiian solar when the state needs the revenue. The broader industry is aiming for a “fundamental reshaping of solar permitting at the federal, state, and local levels.”

Monday Brief: Knoxville utility to go 20% solar by 2023, Sunrun and SoCal Edison agree to virtual power plant

Also in the brief: Hawaiian Electric Company proposes 20 MW of new projects, EDP Renewables has secured 86% of the company’s targeted capacity additions for 2019-2022 and more.

Blue Planet Founder Henk Rogers on lithium battery chemistries and vanadium flow batteries

In his search for an effective long-term energy storage technology, Rogers gave vanadium flow batteries a try, leaving him with a number of 4-foot-cube tanks of vanadium redox electrolyte stranded on his ranch. They are available to a good home — make him an offer. Bring a trailer.

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