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Don't trust HECO to manage solar energy use

By Wade Elston

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 09, 2013

~~<p>On Sept. 6, Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) issued new regulations regarding future solar net-metering systems being installed. These wide-ranging but unclear regulations give HECO a lot of leeway to slow down solar installations and throw uncertainty on a thriving industry.</p>
<p>The regulations state: &quot;In some cases on circuits between 75 percent and 100 percent of DML (daytime minimum load) upgrades may still be needed to interconnect safely. &hellip; We will determine any circuit or project upgrades needed. &hellip; If the utility installs the circuit upgrade, most customers will pay only a prorated share of the cost, based on system size.&quot;</p>
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On Sept. 6, Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) issued new regulations regarding future solar net-metering systems being installed. These wide-ranging but unclear regulations give HECO a lot of leeway to slow down solar installations and throw uncertainty on a thriving industry.

The regulations state: "In some cases on circuits between 75 percent and 100 percent of DML (daytime minimum load) upgrades may still be needed to interconnect safely. … We will determine any circuit or project upgrades needed. … If the utility installs the circuit upgrade, most customers will pay only a prorated share of the cost, based on system size." Login for more...



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