The Community-Based Renewable Energy Program (SB 1050) passed in 2015, utilizing an energy tariff imposed on electric utility companies. The measure is enforced by the Public Utilities Commission. Customers can purchase shares in a renewable energy facility that offset their monthly consumption via a credit on their utility bills.
Additionally passed in 2015, Act 100 requires electric utilities to create a tariff to enable customers to join community programs.
Hawaiian Electric, the grid provider for Oahu, Maui County, and Hawaii Island, has paved the way during Phase One (which capped energy generation to 8 megawatts). Phase two of the Community-Based Renewable Energy Program, which expands energy generation to 225 megawatts, began in April 2020. Hawiian Electric is exploring Pay-As-You-Go and On-Bill payment options to increase accessibility.
Watch the top state community solar programs progress in our National Community Solar Programs Tracker.
Check back soon for more detail about the Hawaii community solar program.
For more on solar in Hawaii, check out these ILSR resources:
- Hawaii’s Test Case for Solar Grid Penetration (2014)
- Hawaiian Sunblock: A Presentation on the Barriers to Low Cost Solar (2012)
- Hawaii Makes Long Strides in Solar Energy (2012)
Learn more about community solar in one of these ILSR reports:
|Designing Community Solar Programs that Promote Racial and Economic Equity|
|Minnesota’s Solar Gardens: the Status and Benefits of Community Solar|
|Beyond Sharing — How Communities Can Take Ownership of Renewable Power|
For podcasts, videos, and more, see ILSR’s community renewable energy archive.
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