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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.

Making the Shift From Fossil Fuel to Renewable Power

imagesThe state of Hawaii depends heavily on fossil fuels for electric power generation. In fact, nearly 80% of the energy we consume in the form of electricity is derived from fossil fuels. And this energy, in almost every instance, is delivered by one dominating company – HECO. Therefore it’s reasonably safe to say that HECO is everyone’s energy provider, as they are responsible for 95% of the state’s electricity, importing a whopping 93% of its power from overseas.

However times are changing and the push for renewable energy continues to build momentum. So much so in fact that HECO recently had to amend their Clean Energy Plan submission to the Public Utilities Commission to include more efforts on their behalf to make Hawaii a more sustainable market with increased renewable energy options.

Considering that the current structure produces only 20% of energy through renewable sources, the question remains of how HECO plans to more than double that number over the next 15 years. Coupled with the intention to lower residential energy costs by an average of 20%, consumers are questioning if it is even possible judging by the utility’s history of putting up road blocks for solar photovoltaic installations in order to protect profits.

The answer may be in a new Foundation which is being assembled in order to assess options and time frames. This newly proposed assemblage will bring together the all the power utilities of our island nation and include all players in protocol and policy decision making. Until now, utilities have been fragmented among the islands, struggling to bring outdated and antiquated systems and operations up to date to meet the ever increasing demand for a more robust grid which will capacitance the renewable energy which everyone so desires.

In creating a unified provider, islands will be able to learn from one another and set earmarks for collective improvements. Utilities will have the opportunity to share resources and cut out redundancies in many instances. Strategies such as fair, fixed monthly charges for solar energy consumers based on their level of connection impact and grid stability are just one idea which HECO has proposed.

High level plans and strategies aside, interconnection seems like a good idea for the Oahu, Maui County, and Hawaii Island electricity systems. Without unity in oversight, production and service, power utilities will continue to function autonomously. That would be a costly proposition as Hawaii sets its sights of tripling the amount of rooftop solar statewide.