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HECO cleared backlog of PV approvals on Maui and Big Island

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Hawaiian Electric Co. said Thursday it has approved all rooftop solar applications on Maui and Hawaii island waiting since at least October for the go-ahead.

Jim Alberts, senior Vice President of customer service at HECO, said the queue has been cleared on Maui and Hawaii island. He made the announcement Thursday at the Maui Energy Conference.

Alberts said 90 percent of the 2,749 pending applications on Oahu in October will be cleared by the end of April.

“I’m proud to announce today that on Maui island … that queue has been cleared. On Hawaii island, that queue has been cleared,” Alberts said. “On the island of Oahu, we are going to get to our target of clearing greater than 90 percent by the end of April.”

In February there were 331 applications still waiting approval on Maui and 336 on Hawaii island. 

In October the electric utility told state regulators it would approve the applications this year. The PV systems had been held up because they are located in neighborhoods with high numbers of solar systems already connected to the grid. 

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