Star Advertiser | Kathryn Mykleseth
The Sierra Club of Hawaii will host a candlelight vigil at Hawaiian Electric Co.’s Ward Avenue headquarters Monday at 5:30 p.m., the day before HECO is to file an energy transition plan with the state Public Utilities Commission.
“We’re out there to call for a plan for solar success,” said Caitlin Pomerantz, conservation program coordinator for the Sierra Club of Hawaii.
In response to HECO’s slow transition to solar, the environmental nonprofit Sierra Club is holding a solar-powered LED candle protest, with 50 people expecting to join. “The purpose of the vigil is to increase awareness and attention on this important deadline,” said Pomerantz. “We see that the utility has been really resistant about trying to make rooftop solar work.”
Colin Yost from Revolusun, a Honolulu based solar company, has said that HECO’s policy for customers and contractors to be approved by the utility before installation can begin has affected the solar firm’s business since it was enacted in September.
“The process now takes an absurd amount of time. We have a large backlog of nearly 300 signed contracts and people are just waiting for HECO approval,” said Yost.
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