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.
For the third straight year, Hawaiian state legislators are trying to provide tax incentives for residents who install energy storage systems.
A recent article in Bloomberg View illustrates clearly the mythology and misinformation that abounds regarding renewable energy, which in many cases is spread by the media.
The state’s Public Utilities Commission has provided detailed guidance for a new program for HECO utilities, including an order for 8 MW of community solar in the first year.
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