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More homes get to soak up the sun

HECO will allow more PV systems in neighborhoods that the utility feared would overload the grid

By Alan Yonan Jr.

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 31, 2014

~~<p>In a move designed to ease a growing backlog of residential solar photovoltaic system installations, Hawaiian Electric Co. is preparing to issue revised guidelines that will allow more PV systems to be installed in areas on Oahu already saturated with solar panels if the systems meet certain technical specifications.</p>
<p>The new guidelines will update the interconnection rules put in place by HECO last fall in response to its concerns that excessive amounts of solar energy being generated by rooftop systems could have adverse effects on the utility's electric grid in highly saturated neighborhoods, a HECO executive said at a legislative hearing Thursday.</p>
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In a move designed to ease a growing backlog of residential solar photovoltaic system installations, Hawaiian Electric Co. is preparing to issue revised guidelines that will allow more PV systems to be installed in areas on Oahu already saturated with solar panels if the systems meet certain technical specifications.

The new guidelines will update the interconnection rules put in place by HECO last fall in response to its concerns that excessive amounts of solar energy being generated by rooftop systems could have adverse effects on the utility's electric grid in highly saturated neighborhoods, a HECO executive said at a legislative hearing Thursday. Login for more...



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