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HECO completes an upgrade for rooftop solar integration

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    A test sponsored in part by Hawaiian Electric Co. found the utility’s power grid could safely accommodate a tenfold increase in solar generation. A spokes­man for HECO
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Hawaiian Electric Co. has upgraded some 800,000 smart microinverters, which are part of solar rooftop systems, to better integrate the photovoltaic systems into the grid that connects HECO to consumers.

HECO and California-based Enphase Energy have completed the work as part of what the companies call ongoing collaboration. 

The companies, in a statement, cited the cost-savings of being able to complete the upgrade remotely using technology, without having to send workers into the field to update microinverter settings manually.

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