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Solar power is at the heart of Hawai‘i’s continuing evolution to increased use of renewable energy. While the economics of solar are still in transition here, they are making faster progress in some other places. And right now, that includes parts of India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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This week, Hawaiian Electric announced it is adding capacity for another 2,800 customers on its rooftop solar program.  There’s still a backlog of applications for households with solar panels wanting to help supply the electrical grid. While the backlog has stalled the solar panel industry here, that business is booming in Australia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Thanks to a new battery storage system, Molokai may be the first Hawaiian island to go entirely off the grid. We get more on that story from PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier.

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Over the years, solar energy has become part of the landscape of Hawai‘i. But contraction in the industry has left some customers in the lurch. From Pacific Business News, Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has the story.

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The International Energy Agency says renewable sources of energy now have the capacity to produce more electricity than coal. In a new report, the group also reports half a million solar panels were installed around the world every day last year.  The news comes as researchers launch a new solar project in Singapore.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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The economics of solar power continues to be a topic of debate around the world.  Last week, Hawaiian Electric announced O‘ahu has nearly reached its limit when it comes to rooftop solar systems that send energy to the electrical grid. In Australia, it was a week of record project announcements…but also a time of political dispute. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The number of permits for rooftop residential photo voltaic systems has been cut nearly in half for Hawaii Island and almost a quarter for Oahu compared to this time last year.

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The use of solar energy is still growing in Hawai‘i….although more slowly than in recent years. The Solar Energy Industries Association says $331 million was spent on solar installations across the state last year, an increase of 3% from a year earlier. But while solar installations in Hawai‘i tend to focus on residential electricity, in Asia there’s a different story: consumer electronics. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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The Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative says wind power is one of the “most viable” options for the state when it comes to renewable energy. It’s also a growing source of electricity in China. And new figures out this week shows the pace of adoption is picking up there. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

About a third of the world’s wind power is online in China….which has now blown past the European Union as the leading region for this energy source.  17% of the globe’s wind power capacity is installed in the United States…about 10% is in Germany.

Kauaiʻs Power Plants

Sep 18, 2015
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Kaua‘i is the only major island in the state that does not get its electricity from the Hawaiian Electric family of companies.  The island relies on the Kaua‘i Island Utility Cooperative—KIUC.  Recently, the cooperative announced a partnership with California-based Solar City to develop a solar electricity farm that will be the first of its kind in the nation.  HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.

Solar Flying Over Asia

Mar 20, 2015
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President Obama has been making a new push for renewable energy this week. Yesterday, he personally inspected solar panels on top of the U.S. Energy Department in Washington. But overseas, there’s an even more impressive show of solar power, and it’s heading for Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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  Governor David Ige is one Hawai‘i’ resident who has a solar photovoltaic system at home. Renewable energy got a mention in the governor’s state of the state address yesterday. One of the fastest growing markets for solar power is across the Pacific from Hawai‘i...in India. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

HECO Proposal Would Allow More Rooftop Solar

Jan 21, 2015
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Hawaiian Electric has announced a proposal that would greatly increase the amount of rooftop solar.  It's all part of a plan that would help the utilities on Oahu, The Big Island, and Maui County triple the amount of solar power by 2030. But critics warn this could come at a price. HPR's Molly Solomon reports.

Hawaii Ice Rink Turns to Solar Power

Jan 7, 2015
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A local ice rink is tapping into the sun to keep its facilities cool. Ice Palace Hawai‘i announced the completion of a rooftop solar power project that could cut down their energy bill by 25%. HPR’s Molly Solomon has more.

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Over a few days this week and next week, we’re taking a look back at some of the business developments affecting the islands this year. One of the biggest stories of the year is in some ways just beginning. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the evolving plans for Hawaii Electric.

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  India’s new prime minister has been in office for barely a month. But already, his plans to boost the use of solar power have run into some complications. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Energy could play a big role in this year’s legislative session. Introduced bills range from increases in renewables to modernizing the state’s electrical grid. And while clean energy in Hawaii is on the rise, some say it’s still difficult for many to gain access. A proposed project hopes to fix that. HPR’s Molly Solomon report.

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The State Department of Taxation conducted a public hearing on solar photovoltaic tax credits today and is weighing the possibility of making a temporary rule permanent by the end of the year.    As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, solar PV industry leaders say the department is contributing to market uncertainty and hampering the state’s goal of achieving greater energy independence. 

Solutions to Molokai’s Energy Problems

Nov 18, 2013
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Molokai residents have noticed a lot of temporary electricity outages lately… and energy researchers have proposed a multi-million dollar project they hope will solve the problem. Catherine Cluett reports from The Molokai Dispatch.

Solar Troubles in Asia

Apr 17, 2013
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  Hawaii gets a greater percentage of its electricity from solar power than any other state.That’s according to the annual report of the trade group the Solar Energy Industries Association. But some solar suppliers in Asia are facing a new round of trouble. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.