Legislative Hearing Next Friday

Posted on Friday, September 12, 2014

Please find the link below for the legislative briefing next Friday, September 19, 2014 at 1 pm in Conference Room 325 at the State Capitol.  The purpose of the informational briefing is to provide an update on the impacts of HECO's interconnection policies and to provide comments on HECO's DGIP and PSIP.  HSEA will be one of four presenters; no public testimony is allowed.  If you are able, please try and find time to attend to show your support and concern for the ongoing difficulties that the solar industry is facing.   

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Conferences

Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014

CONFERENCES 

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Brief summary of HECO proposals to the PUC

Posted on Friday, September 05, 2014

On August 26th, the utility released two key documents:  the Power Supply Improvement Plan (PSIP—one each for HECO, HELCO, and MECO), and the Distributed Generation Interconnection Plan (DGIP).  Although the utility states that these new plans will nearly triple distributed generation by 2030, they contain several new proposals which have the potential to further limit distributed generation (DG) installations, including rooftop solar.
 

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Storm Tips for PV Owners

Posted on Thursday, August 07, 2014

Unless you have an off-grid system running independently of the grid, it is advisable to shut off your PV system until after the high winds and rains pass.  Doing so is as easy as switching the large disconnect switch (usually installed outside, near your electricity meter) to the OFF position.  

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General Membership Meeting July 2014

Posted on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

HSEA’s biannual general membership meeting is coming soon!  Several key issues are front and center—please do all you can to attend.  More details to follow, but here are the basics:  

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ESNA 2014

Posted on Friday, June 27, 2014

Energy Storage North America (September 30- October 2, 2014 in San Jose, CA) is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo – focusing on projects, customers, and deal-making. ESNA connects utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage in North America. 

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CONSUMER ALERT

Posted on Thursday, June 26, 2014 Please be advised that customers who wish to install a photovoltaic system in any of the HECO Companies’ territories must first receive written approval from the utility before the customer may install and energize the system.  Specifically, the NEM application has the following language:  “Under no circumstances shall a Customer-Generator interconnect and operate a generating facility in parallel with the Company’s electric system without prior written approval by the Company in the form of a fully executed Net Energy Metering Agreement.”  Please be aware that no traditional PV systems that are designed to connect in parallel with the electrical system are “pre-approved” or “exempt” from the interconnection rules.  If in doubt, check with the NEM department at your local utility.     

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Intersolar Coming Up - July 8-10

Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014  

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HSEA Executive Meeting Thurs May 8

Posted on Thursday, May 01, 2014
HSEA is holding an executive meeting this Thursday, May 8th, 2014 at 6 pm to discuss the recent IRP ruling by the PUC and HSEA's vision and strategy.   

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TOV Compliant Equipment Check added

Posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 An updated link to HECO's list of Transient Over-Voltage inverters and Automatic Transfer Switches (ATS) has been added to the member's section.  You'll find it on the left hand menu underneath the Circuit Capacity Check.