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Make it once, make it right

The above mantra of our company speaks directly to our unrelenting focus on quality. With this goal in mind, we have proudly served Hawaii since 1985. Because of this rich history, we bring extensive experience to the job with a staff that’s like family.

The Changing Landscape of Hawaiian Energy

forsaleIn recent years, there has been a mad dash toward renewable energy on Hawai’i. During 2012 alone, Hawaiian numbers of permits for new solar systems were equivalent to all of the permits issued state wide since 2002. While this is great news for renewable energy enthusiasts, consumers and the environment, utility providers are worried about independent power saturation of the grid and foresee a string of related issues as a result. Because of these concerns, the program which encouraged the utilization of alternative energy sources on Hawai’i was suddenly changing its tune.

Home generated power means lower energy bills for Hawai’i residents and businesses. However the fear of homemade power and perpetual loss of business has caused HECO to take recent drastic measures to slow down the solar revolution and the integration of small scale solar installations with existing power grids. Almost a year ago, MECO abruptly stopped approving residential net metering applications and has requested that specific (and sometimes expensive) studies be conducted before approving the connection of new solar systems to the existing electrical grid.

In the last quarter of 2013, HECO began mandating a new set of criteria for photovoltaic installation which impacted all residential and business installations going forward. One major change was that contractors were now required to provide pre installation notification and permitting as opposed to adhering to the post installation notification guidelines which were in place prior. This applied to new installations as well as those which were in progress at that point in time.

Utility reviews and studies have suddenly become a necessary and lengthy process which has turned many consumers off to the idea of conversion. Additionally, the changing protocol has made many consumers leery of unexpected fees and costs potentially being assessed mid installation and reluctant consumers are not willing to go out on such a limb.

All things considered, we are currently nowhere near complete saturation and evidence indicates that there is an abundance of capacity for integration of renewable energies with current and future power grid configurations. While equity regarding fair transmission and distribution charges continues to pose challenge for utilities dealing with supporters of make-it-yourself electricity, the charter to lower dependency on oil by 40% and increase renewable Hawaiian energy by 2030, remains real.

Residential and business customers alike continue to move forward with their photovoltaic installations, despite the new HECO guidelines. Federal tax credits, refunds and incentives still remain, making conversion worthwhile for many. And while the State of Hawai’i works on ways to move forward within the new solar paradigm, there are still numerous tax, building and financing incentives already in place. The U.S. Department of Energy is currently working on launching a new DSIRE website, which is slated for release later this summer. The site will provide even more comprehensive information about financial incentives for renewable and efficient energy, nationwide.