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How Hawaii’s New Shared Renewables Program Could Benefit the Electric GridPosted on February 14, 2017 in Headlines, SolarHow Hawaii’s New Shared Renewables Program Could Benefit the Electric Grid post thumbnail
(Greentech Media)  Hawaii will move ahead with a first-of-its-kind community renewables program designed to incentivize dispatchable power at times of peak grid demand. The island state leads the nation in rooftop solar per capita, but many who live there cannot participate in that market. To serve renters, multifamily-housing dwellers, and residents who don’t have a […]
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Bill would impose fines for owners of parking lots without EV charging stationsPosted on February 14, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Hawaii News Now, Headlines
(Hawaii News Now)  Lawmakers are pushing to establish fines for parking facility owners who don’t provide electrical vehicle charging stations. HB 793 mandates places of public accommodation like hotels, health care facilities and restaurants to have at least one EV parking space per 100 lots. The Department of Transportation would issue a written notification of noncompliance to an owner […]
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Ho‘opili poised to join many exempted from solar heater lawPosted on February 12, 2017 in Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Solar
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  In 2010, Hawaii became the first state to require new single-family homes be built with solar water heaters. Republican Gov. Linda Lingle signed the measure, saying it was a key step toward breaking the state’s dependence on imported oil. But in the six years since passage, more than 30 percent of the 14,375 […]
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The thrill of ‘going electric’: As technology improves, more turn away from gas-fueled carsPosted on February 12, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Hawaii Tribune-Herald, Headlines
(Hawaii Tribune-Herald)  Robert Smith and his wife, Karla McDermid Smith, have spent their professional lives focused on environmental issues. She is a professor of marine science at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He is the retired administrator for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve. That’s why it’s no surprise that she has […]
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Regulators award Virginia firm $700k for reaching Hawaii energy efficiency goalsPosted on February 6, 2017 in Energy Efficiency, Headlines, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News)  Hawaii regulators have approved a $700,000 performance award payment to Virginia’s Leidos Engineering for achieving energy efficiency goals set by regulators in 2015, according to public documents. Leidos Engineering runs the state’s ratepayer-funded energy conservation and efficiency program called Hawaii Energy, which serves Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Lanai and Molokai. This […]
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Every major island except Oahu could reach 100% clean energy by 2040, PUC chair saysPosted on February 6, 2017 in Headlines, Pacific Business News, Utilities
(Pacific Business News)  The head of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission thinks that every major island in the state, except Oahu, can achieve 100 percent renewable energy before 2040, five years ahead of the statewide goal. The state’s current renewable energy goal has Hawaii achieving 100 percent clean energy by 2045. Hawaiian Electric Co., the […]
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Hawaii grids may have room for more utility-scale solar projectsPosted on February 3, 2017 in Headlines, Pacific Business News, Solar
(Pacific Business News)  Things are looking up for the once-dimmed three major solar energy projects on Oahu formerly owned by bankrupt SunEdison. This week, Houston’s NRG Energy and Hawaiian Electric Co. reached deals on power purchase agreements for the Honolulu utility to buy power from two big solar energy farms that were formerly owned by […]
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Stem Pilot Marks a Step Forward for Commercial Energy Storage in HawaiiPosted on February 3, 2017 in Energy Storage, Headlines
(Greentech Media)  If only I were a battery, I could be hanging out in Hawaii right now. The islands have seen a fair number of batteries deployed in recent years, to help solar households self-consume and to smooth large amounts of solar generation on the grid. What they haven’t seen is a thriving commercial storage […]
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HECO opens EV fast charger in WaianaePosted on February 2, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Hawaiian Electric Co. said Wednesday it opened an electric vehicle fast charger at Waianae Mall. The charging station at 86-120 Farrington Highway is the seventh EV charger HECO has installed on Oahu. HECO said a fast charger can recharge an EV battery to 80 percent capacity in less than a half-hour. Among benefits […]
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Energy Excelerator’s latest cohort includes two Hawaii-based startups, one internationalPosted on February 1, 2017 in Clean Tech Companies, Headlines, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News)  Hawaii-based Energy Excelerator’s latest cohort of clean energy companies includes two Hawaii-based startups as well as the program’s first international company. The accelerator program, which is one of the nation’s largest clean technology startup incubators, accepted 12 new companies into its fifth cohort on Wednesday. Energy Excelerator invests around $5 million total […]
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