10 Jan '14, 11am

Green News: Hawaii’s Solar Battle

Hawaii is the latest arena where homeowners are going head-to-head with their electric utility over residential solar installations. According to a Reuters' report , homeowners on the island of Oahu must now seek the permission of the Hawaiian Electric Co., and possibly pay for upgrades to nearby electrical circuits, before they can install solar panels on their own roofs. The new rule went into effect in September. Reuters says the same rule has been in place on the other Hawaiian islands for some time, but it hasn't caused the same kind of uproar as it has on Oahu, home to about three-quarters of the state's population. Hawaii is one of several states where utilities are seeking to change the rules for residential solar systems. Elsewhere, utility executives have complained that customers with solar installations aren't paying their fair share for grid maintenance and pu...

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