Renewable Energy World | Jennifer Pang
Homeowners who have been considering solar for the past year have faced many unknowns from the utility. Now, with the proposed changes to HECO’s interconnection policy, many may feel that the cost and “headache factor” may be additional hurdles to clear, but the reality is actually much brighter than it may seem.
The facts remain that rooftop solar is the best energy solution to Hawaii’s isolation and growing energy needs. Even in the unlikely event that PUC allows HECO to substantially increase monthly customer charges, the purchase or lease of a solar system for your home will still more than pay for itself over time.
Hawaii has the most expensive electricity in the nation. According to a recent WalletHub study that identified the “Most & Least Energy-Expensive States,” Hawaii has by far the highest average electric bill of $209 per month.
Solar power isn’t a luxury. It’s a necessity — as detailed by targets set by the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, which mandates that Hawaii meet 70 percent of our energy needs by 2030 through energy efficiency and renewable energy. In 2008, HECO planned for 23 megawatts of rooftop solar power on Oahu by 2015. Advancing solar technology and lower prices allowed Hawaii to exceed HECO’s target nearly ten times over, with around 200 megawatts today. That means more than 18 percent of the electricity currently used by customers comes from renewables, which is ahead of the state’s goal of 15 percent by 2015, according to HECO. Put another way: one in ten HECO customers currently gets energy from solar panels.
Regardless of what changes lie ahead, going solar still equates to saving hundreds each month and the sooner you make the switch, the sooner you start saving. RevoluSun is making savings even bigger for RevoluSunaries as a CertainTeed-certified installer (mounting panels won’t void CertainTeed’s manufacturer roof warranty); providing elite racking systems that are easy on roofs; offering cutting-edge technology with high-performance panels and inverters that provide your home with power even if the grid is down; referral bonuses that help you pay off your system faster; and a variety of financing options that make solar attainable for all.
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