13 Feb '12, 5pm

Hawaii Asks Some Big Questions About Solar Penetration: In an annual report to the Public Utilities Commission...

Hawaii Asks Some Big Questions About Solar Penetration: In an annual report to the Public Utilities Commission...

In an annual report to the Public Utilities Commission, Hawaii's utility Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) noted there were increased costs to ratepayers as the result of a net metering policy put in place to drive the growth of rooftop solar . The increase to ratepayers , added to cover the rise in the fixed cost of grid operations resulting from the use of net metering and more solar, was 30 cents per month. But the initial news on that increase misplaced the decimal point and reported it as $3.00 per month. That's not a lot of money, but it was enough to bring forth some controversy over how much of a rate increase utility customers must bear for adding rooftop solar and other renewables. The controversy in Hawaii was aggravated by the fact that the charge was only added to the bills of those who do not have solar systems. With net metering , the meters of those who have r...

Full article: http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Hawaii-Asks-S...

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