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Haleakala Solar Reviews: Great Option on the Islands

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What do real customers have to say about working with this Hawaiian installer?

Today, we’re going to take a look at Haleakala Solar reviews to learn what real customers say about working with the company. One of the leading solar installers in Hawaii, Haleakala was founded in 1977 as a solar water heater installer — making them one of the older solar companies in the entire US.

With solar so ubiquitous in Hawaii (3rd most solar per capita when compared to other states), if you live in the area then you’ve probably already heard of Haleakala. If not, that’s okay — we’ll catch you up!Continue reading

Hawaii Front and Center in Ongoing Solar War with Utilities

Hawaii truly is a paradise, especially if you’re talking about solar. The state is thriving — except for the fact that utilities are standing to stand in its way. Despite being one of the leading states when it comes to solar power, Hawaii is becoming the face of the solar energy battle between rooftop solar for homeowners and large utility companies unequipped to handle solar. In an article from The New York Times, Hawaii’s growing population of wannabe solar power uses continue to be barred from installing solar rooftop panel systems, leading to frustration and anger over their less than sunny situation.

Hawaii’s Influx of Solar Energy

The Energy Information Administration says that Hawaii’s utility-scale electricity generation from solar energy increased nearly six-fold in 2013. Additionally, around 12 percent of Hawaiian homes feature solar rooftop systems. It’s definitely the highest in the nation, beating out other solar powerhouses like Arizona and California. Yet the popularity of self-generating electricity via solar panels has put a tremendous strain of existing infrastructure. That’s why Hawaii utility companies stopped homeowners from installing rooftop solar. Old power lines and circuits are having trouble handling the influx of energy.

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Hawaii Aiming for 100 Percent Renewable Energy by 2045

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We already know how dedicated Hawaii is to clean energy. Solar energy is thriving! In fact, so many people want solar that many have had to wait for solar companies to catch up to them. Now, it’s doubling down on renewable energy sources in a tremendous way. Recently, Hawaii’s Legislature approved more than 100 bills, including a bill that requires Hawaii to reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. This means that all electricity provided by the electric companies will have to come from renewable sources like solar and wind. If it becomes law, it would make Hawaii the first state in the U.S. to commit to a 100 percent renewable energy goal.

Meeting Hawaii’s Renewable Energy Goal

According to Civil Beat, approximately 22 percent of the state’s energy came from renewable sources last year. While getting to 100 percent renewable is going to take some time, Hawaii is already well on its way. “It’s going to save everybody money, it’s going to put less carbon in the air, it’s going to boost jobs in our local energy industry,” said Rep. Chris Lee.

In addition to overall energy goals, the Legislature also passed a bill to make the University of Hawaii system the first in the nation with a goal of being 100 percent renewable, plus generating all their own power by 2035.Continue reading

The Top Solar Cities in America

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Solar power is on the up and up — in fact, 2014 was solar’s biggest year! Last year, there was enough solar to power four million average U.S. homes, according to Environment America states that. Given the innovations in solar tech, lower costs to install residential solar panels, and general public support, solar just continues its upward trend. Now, further research from Environment America shows the top 20 U.S. cities for solar power make up 6.5 percent of the country’s solar power capacity as a whole.Continue reading

Hawaii Solar Energy Thriving

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Aloha, solar energy! The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that Hawaii’s solar power capacity over the last five years has skyrocketed on the island of Oahu (home of Honolulu) and grown significantly on the other smaller islands.

Hawaii has always been a leader in solar power systems and installation, especially rooftop solar, but what this tropical state has planned next is going to topple its old numbers. By 2030, Hawaii aims to triple its solar power and have renewable energy sources supply 65 percent of its electricity.Continue reading