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HECO opens EV fast charger in WaianaePosted on February 2, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Hawaiian Electric Co. said Wednesday it opened an electric vehicle fast charger at Waianae Mall. The charging station at 86-120 Farrington Highway is the seventh EV charger HECO has installed on Oahu. HECO said a fast charger can recharge an EV battery to 80 percent capacity in less than a half-hour. Among benefits […]
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Energy Excelerator’s latest cohort includes two Hawaii-based startups, one internationalPosted on February 1, 2017 in Clean Tech Companies, Headlines, Pacific Business News
(Pacific Business News)  Hawaii-based Energy Excelerator’s latest cohort of clean energy companies includes two Hawaii-based startups as well as the program’s first international company. The accelerator program, which is one of the nation’s largest clean technology startup incubators, accepted 12 new companies into its fifth cohort on Wednesday. Energy Excelerator invests around $5 million total […]
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Energy Storage Fleet Demonstration Completed in HawaiiPosted on February 1, 2017 in Energy Storage, Headlines
(Renewable Energy World)  Testing for the demonstration of a first-of-its-kind energy storage collaborative project in Hawai‘i now is complete. The customer-sited storage fleet provides 1 MW of storage services across 29 customer sites to accommodate renewable energy resources on the O‘ahu grid. Stem Inc. provided software-driven storage for the project to act as a virtual […]
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HECO tests ‘virtual power plant’ to back up power gridPosted on January 30, 2017 in Energy Storage, Hawaii News Now, Headlines, Utilities
(Hawaii News Now)  The Honolulu Museum of Art displays its exhibits in temperature- and humidity-controlled settings. And those climate controls used to mean a sky high electricity bill — until Hawaiian Electric invited the museum to join a novel pilot project. As part the project, the utility supplied the museum with a battery storage system […]
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HECO in talks to revive 3 solar farms on OahuPosted on January 27, 2017 in Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Solar, Utilities
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  Three utility-scale solar farms that Hawaiian Electric Co. terminated last year are going to be revived. In February, HECO backed out of its contract with Maryland Heights, Mo.-based SunEdison Inc. for three utility-scale solar facilities on Oahu that were approved by state regulators in July. HECO terminated the contracts for the three projects […]
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Senator seeks collaboration on HECO energy billsPosted on January 27, 2017 in Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Policy, Renewable Energy
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  The chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Energy said Thursday she would not consider bills about Hawaiian Electric Co. if the utility was not included in the process. During an informational briefing about the Sustainable Hawaii Initiative, Sen. Lorraine Inouye (D, Waikoloa-Waimea-North Hilo) said she would not consider a bill proposed […]
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Electric vehicles growing in popularity in statePosted on January 27, 2017 in Electric Vehicles (EV), Headlines, The Garden Island
(The Garden Island)  Of the more than 70,000 vehicles registered with Kauai County, 166 of them are electric. “If you’re a two-car family, it’s pretty easy (to convert to electronic vehicles),” said Ben Sullivan, energy and sustainability manager for Kauai County. “And in a few years, I see it becoming easier.” The Lihue Business Association […]
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Hawaii’s largest solar park now onlinePosted on January 27, 2017 in Headlines, Oahu, Solar
(PV Tech)  The Hawaiian Energy Companies (HECO) has commissioned the Island’s largest solar park, the 27.6MW Waianae Solar project. The project broke ground in March 2016 with the array coming online mid-this month. It constitutes the largest in operation in Hawaii to date; generating enough clean electricity to power around 11,000 homes annually. Located on […]
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Bill would dramatically change electric utility models in HawaiiPosted on January 26, 2017 in Headlines, Pacific Business News, Policy, Utilities
(Pacific Business News)  A bill looks to change the way Hawaii’s main utility company — Hawaiian Electric Co. — recoups costs. State Rep. Chris Lee, D-Kailua-Waimanalo, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, has proposed House Bill 1283, which would require state regulators to establish framework that would tie […]
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Hawaii’s largest solar farm goes online in WaianaePosted on January 25, 2017 in Headlines, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Oahu, Solar
(Honolulu Star-Advertiser)  The developer of Hawaii’s largest solar farm said it has begun pumping power into the grid. San Diego-based, Eurus Energy America Corp. said today its 27.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility – with the potential capacity to power more than 4,000 homes — called EE Waianae Solar Project LLC has begun commercial operation. Eurus will […]
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