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KIUC warns public about solar salespeople claiming to represent co-op

KIUC warns public about solar salespeople claiming to represent co-op

KIUCLogoColorKaua'i Island Utility Cooperative is warning about the public about door-to-door solar salespeople identifying themselves as KIUC employees or contractors.

KIUC has received more than a dozen calls and complaints from members saying that solar salespeople are telling them they work for KIUC and are helping members lower their electric bills by installing rooftop solar.

KIUC says employees of more than one company are involved. This is the second time in the past six months that KIUC has alerted members about salespeople stating or implying that they work for the co-op.

KIUC says it does not sell rooftop solar systems and does not employ anyone selling the systems. KIUC also does not endorse or recommend particular solar installers.

"If salespeople have to use the KIUC name to get in the front door, then they need to work on a new sales pitch," said Jim Kelly, manager of member services and communications for KIUC.  "They don’t work for KIUC. They don’t work with KIUC. If they’re representing legitimate solar contractors then they should stand on their own and not suggest that the co-op is endorsing their product."

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HECO approves 2,000 rooftop solar systems

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The Public Utilities Commission praised Hawaiian Electric Co. on Monday after the utility said it approved almost 2,000 pending rooftop solar systems in March.

HECO approved 1,987 solar system applications on Oahu during March, the utility said in a March 31 filing with the PUC.

In February, PUC Chairman Randy Iwase and HECO CEO Alan Oshima signed an agreement that said HECO has a "duty" to approve solar systems.

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Local solar firm will help test pilot energy storage system

22-b6-enphase-pixTwo solar companies working in Hawaii have been selected to test a new energy storage technology that could help connect more rooftop photovoltaic systems to the electric grid.

Enphase Energy Inc. said Tuesday that locally owned Hawaii Energy Connection and Lehi, Utah-based Vivint Solar are two of the three companies in the U.S. that will run a pilot program for Enphase's battery and energy management system.

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Electric vehicles will save you cash down the road

Jeff-MikulinaQUESTION: What would you say to people who are on the fence about getting an electric vehicle (EV)?

ANSWER: Do the math. You often look at the upfront cost, but you don't look at the amount of gas you are going to save and the amount on maintenence you are going to save because you are paying electricity instead of gasoline. 

Q: Even with Hawaii's electricity rates?

A: Even with our rates -- believe it or not, because of the efficiency of electric vehicles. 

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Hawaii Energy offers tips to cut energy costs

Caroline CarlQuestion: What are some everyday adjustments that homeowners, who cannot afford to install a rooftop PV solar system, could make to their daily lives to cut back on energy costs? 

Answer: There are several low- and no-cost ways people can reduce their energy costs that do not require a photovoltaic system. 

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