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.
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.
QUESTION: 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.
Question: 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.