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Poll shows many believe HECO slowing PV to protect profits

By Star-Advertiser Staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:07 p.m. HST, Apr 23, 2014

Hawaiian Electric Co. and its sister companies did not fare well in a new opinion poll that showed nine out of ten residents believe the utility has slowed rooftop solar installations to protect its profit.

The poll, commissioned by a group of solar companies, also found strong support for solar energy as a way to combat Hawaii's high electricity prices.

The survey was conducted by Honolulu-based polling firm SMS, and paid for by The Alliance for Solar Choice, whose members include SolarCity, Solar Universe, Sungevity, Sunrun and Verengo.

Of 405 adults in Oahu, Maui and Hawaii counties that participated in the web-based poll, 90 percent said they strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement that Hawaiian Electric Co., Maui Electric Co. and Hawaii Electric Light Co. are "slowing rooftop solar growth to protect its profits."

When asked about their attitude toward solar energy usage, 94 percent said Hawaii should have more homes with rooftop photovoltaic systems. Just 2 percent said there should be fewer PV systems and 4 percent said the current levels were adequate.

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kuewa wrote:
Even if we all start producing some (but not all) of our own household energy, we will still expect HECO to support the energy infrastructure; the electrical lines to homes, businesses, schools, etc.The problem is that as end-user energy consumption from the grid goes down, revenue to HECO goes down. Who will pay for the common infrastructure, which does not change much, and how? Perhaps HECO needs to think about supporting PV use, providing installation, maintenance service, upgrades and lease arrangements for these alternate, supplemental energy systems.
on April 24,2014 | 12:29AM
Wazdat wrote:
AGREE. The fact that HECO is a monopoly and charges the highest rates in America and has not done anything to get off OIL until now shows that.
on April 24,2014 | 12:33AM
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