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Solar Energy in Hawaii

Does This Big Island Community Really Need 30,000 Solar Panels? Patricia Tummons

Does This Big Island Community Really Need 30,000 Solar Panels?

Residents of the Ocean View Ranchos subdivision are hoping state regulators reject an overhead power line, effectively killing the project.
UH Manoa Has Failed To Cut Energy Use. So Now What? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

UH Manoa Has Failed To Cut Energy Use. So Now What?

The University of Hawaii is hoping a new focus on renewables will finally help it meet energy consumption goals it set years ago.
Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution? Civil Beat

Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution?

Hawaiian Electric wants to offer shockingly lower rates to customers — at least for part of the day.
Does a New Law Really Require 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2045? Doug Murray/FPL

Does a New Law Really Require 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2045?

Hawaii officials and industry insiders tout the new policy. But in reality, it could allow the use of up to 50 percent fossil fuels three decades from now.
Curt Sanburn: Bringing Order to Design Chaos at UH Manoa Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Curt Sanburn: Bringing Order to Design Chaos at UH Manoa

Led by veteran sustainability advocate Steve Meder, the planners at University of Hawaii's main campus map out the 21st century.
Proposed NextEra Merger: And Now, a Few Words From Lanai Flickr.com/Justin Ornellas

Proposed NextEra Merger: And Now, a Few Words From Lanai

Lanai residents, well, some of them anyway, turned out for a couple of recent sessions with NextEra and the Public Utilities Commission.
Solar Power Deserves a Two-Sided Debate Blue Planet Foundation

Solar Power Deserves a Two-Sided Debate

The fact is, Hawaii has enjoyed phenomenal success with solar power.
Ian Lind: Former PUC Chair Speaks Out Against Solar Subsidies PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Ian Lind: Former PUC Chair Speaks Out Against Solar Subsidies

Mina Morita is locked in a bitter dispute with companies fighting the possible loss of rooftop solar subsidies. She says HECO risks becoming over-reliant on solar.
HECO’s Proposed Tax on New Solar Customers Defies Will of the People Jon Callas/Flickr.com

HECO’s Proposed Tax on New Solar Customers Defies Will of the People

The utility's latest move to discourage rooftop solar installations jeopardizes families' ability to claim a federal tax credit.
Why Hawaii Missed Out on a Much-Needed Solar Project ProVision Solar

Why Hawaii Missed Out on a Much-Needed Solar Project

Years of bickering over a proposed energy park have led to the PUC finally cracking down on HECO and the developers.
Much-Touted Green Energy Program Falls Far Short of the Hype

Much-Touted Green Energy Program Falls Far Short of the Hype

The initial program is not going to benefit renters at all, and very few homeowners. Only nonprofits — and well-established ones at that — are going to be eligible to participate.
Renowned Climate Change Author Faults HECO for Blocking Solar Ed Kashi

Renowned Climate Change Author Faults HECO for Blocking Solar

Naomi Klein delivers inspiring speech at University of Hawaii.

August 2016

Thursday, August 11

Does This Big Island Community Really Need 30,000 Solar Panels?

February 2016

Thursday, February 18

UH Manoa Has Failed To Cut Energy Use. So Now What?

November 2015

Friday, November 20

Living Hawaii: Two-Thirds Of An Electricity Price Revolution?

September 2015

Tuesday, September 15

Does a New Law Really Require 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2045?

Sunday, September 13

Curt Sanburn: Bringing Order to Design Chaos at UH Manoa

Friday, September 11

Proposed NextEra Merger: And Now, a Few Words From Lanai

August 2015

Friday, August 7

Solar Power Deserves a Two-Sided Debate

July 2015

Wednesday, July 29

Ian Lind: Former PUC Chair Speaks Out Against Solar Subsidies

Tuesday, July 14

HECO’s Proposed Tax on New Solar Customers Defies Will of the People

Wednesday, July 8

Why Hawaii Missed Out on a Much-Needed Solar Project

March 2015

Thursday, March 5

Much-Touted Green Energy Program Falls Far Short of the Hype

February 2015

Thursday, February 26

Renowned Climate Change Author Faults HECO for Blocking Solar

January 2015

Wednesday, January 21

HECO Seeks to Make Rooftop Solar More Common, Less Lucrative

Wednesday, January 7

After Solar Power’s Roller Coaster Ride in Hawaii — What’s Next?

December 2014

Wednesday, December 17

New Solar Projects Projected to Increase Oahu Electricity Bills

October 2014

Monday, October 27

Storage Is Key to Hawaii’s Energy Independence

Thursday, October 9

Solar Darkness — Is Hawaii Trapped in a Grim HECO Fairy Tale?

September 2014

Friday, September 19

HECO Executives Take Heat from Lawmakers, Solar Industry

Friday, September 5

HECO Warns Customers To Disconnect Rogue Solar Systems

August 2014

Tuesday, August 26

HECO Plans Promise Cleaner Energy at Lower Costs by 2030

May 2014

Tuesday, May 13

Dark Weather Continues for Hawaii’s Solar Industry

March 2014

Wednesday, March 26

A Solar Discussion Must Start With Facts

Sunday, March 16

Solar Power to the People

February 2014

Wednesday, February 5

PV on Oahu: 2013 in Review

Solar Energy in Hawaii