Solar Energy

Hawaii Departmemt of Hawaiian Home Lands

A Hawaii business owner has challenged a solar energy project lease agreement between a Canadian company and the state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, a report said.

EC Trucking owner Edward Maria and the Sovereign Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations have challenged the agency's action, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.

Maria and the advocacy group are seeking a hearing to contest the approval of a lease on Oahu for Innergex Renewables USA.

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Tax Report; Utility Solar Projects; Environmental Art; Ikebana

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Before the end of the year expect to hear more about a list of large utility scale solar farms proposed for across the state. Hawaiian Electric says it is close to signing agreements for seven projects that would double its renewable  energy production.

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Construction is expected to begin Monday on a project installing more than 4,200 solar panels at the Honolulu Airport. It’s the latest solar project to move ahead in Hawai‘i. In China, scientists have moved ahead with a new development that could affect the next generation of solar panels.

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DOE on Gun Safety and Shooter Drills; Big Island Solar Update; DoD Report on False Missile Alert

Economics of Home Solar Batteries: Affordable For Now

Jan 22, 2018
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It is currently very difficult to hook up a home solar system to the electrical grid in Hawaii. One way to get approval is to install a battery system, but their cost can be a major barrier. A federal tax credit helps to take some of the sting out of that cost, but it won't last forever.

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When it comes to converting to renewable energy, the biggest success story in the islands is on Kaua‘i. Less than a decade ago, about five percent of the Garden Island’s energy came from renewable sources. Now it’s more than eight times that figure. But the island is also making progress on another important issue: how to make use of solar energy when the sun isn’t shining. HPR contributing reporter Scott Giarman has more from Kaua‘i.  

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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.