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SolarCity Launches Battery Sustained Photovoltaic Systems

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Homeowners frustrated over Hawaii Electric’s reluctance to add more solar power systems to their grid may soon have another option.

SolarCity announced the addition of battery sustained photovoltaic systems into the residential market.  Their design lets customers gather and store solar power throughout the day in batteries, using it at night when it’s most needed.  Homes would still be connected to the Hawaii Electric grid, but only drawing power if it were needed.

The price breakdown averages to around twenty-three-thousand-dollars for a five-kilowatt, twenty-panel system.  Jon Yoshimura is the Director of policy and Electricity markets for Solar City Hawai‘i.  He says the system is designed to correspond with the Public Utilities Commission’s “self-supplied” tariff that expedites the approval timeline down to around a month. 

Although the Solar City Photovoltaic system is currently only available on Oahu and Hawaii Island, the company is considering an expansion to Maui County.

Nick Yee’s passion for music developed at an early age, as he collected jazz and rock records pulled from dusty locations while growing up in both Southern California and Honolulu. In college he started DJing around Honolulu, playing Jazz and Bossa Nova sets at various lounges and clubs under the name dj mr.nick. He started to incorporate Downtempo, House and Breaks into his sets as his popularity grew, eventually getting DJ residences at different Chinatown locations. To this day, he is a fixture in the Honolulu underground club scene, where his live sets are famous for being able to link musical and cultural boundaries, starting mellow and building the audience into a frenzy while steering free of mainstream clichés.
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