A fast solar ramp in Hawaii can save $3-7 billion, per Rhodium Group

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.

Solar power policy roundup April 25

Our first solar power policy roundup looks at a bills to scrap net metering while raising the RPS in Connecticut, the establishment of performance-based ratemaking for utilities in Hawaii, and more.


University of Hawai’i sets 100% by 2035 renewable energy target

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.

Pilot project for flywheel storage underway in Hawaii

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.

PetersenDean acquires Hawaiian solar, battery installer

The national solar installer has acquired Haleakala Solar, and plans to hire 1,000 new employees in Hawaii over the next two years.

HECO seeks 300MW of renewable energy in new RFP

Utilities on three Hawaiian islands have put out a request for proposals to build wind and solar projects, with an option of energy storage. The goal is to maximize ITC value before it drops down in 2022.

AES breaks ground on massive Kaua’i solar plus storage project

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.


Honolulu energy storage permits jumps more than 1,700%

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.


HECO sees 109 MW of new Hawaii solar in 2017 (w/chart)

With more than 100 megawatts of solar still under construction, the state is continuing its national leadership.

NRG breaks ground on 110 MW-AC of large-scale solar in Hawaii

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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