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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.”
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