The U.S. Department of Energy is giving Hawaii more than $6.8 million in grants to fund two solar power projects.
Some $6.1 million of the money is going to the University of Hawaii to develop and demonstrate two smart grid photovoltaic inverter devices.
The remaining $750,000 will help the state Public Utilities Commission set standards to resolve grid-reliability issues and to integrate renewable resources, specifically solar, into the state’s energy mix.
Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement Thursday that renewable energy is critical to sustaining the economy. He said the grants will help Hawaii get closer to achieving its energy goals.