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Hawaiian solar installations are producing the power equivalent of almost 32,000 homes

More than 100 MW of solar were installed across the Hawaiian Electric companies’ service territories in 2017, a 19% jump from the previous year, according to the utility. The addition, which represents the largest increase in five years, is expected to help to move the state closer to its 100% renewable energy goal. Hawaiian Electric and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light, serve 95% of the state’s 1.4 million residents on the islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii Island, Lanai and Molokai. At the end of 2017, the companies recorded 695 MW of cumulative installed solar, up 109 MW from 2016. According to Hawaiian Electric, the megawatts of solar added last year produce power equivalent to that used by about 32,000 homes. The solar total includes 82,000 private rooftop solar systems connected or approved, up 3.6% from 2016. It also includes the addition of the ...

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