Expansion of solar energy hindered by utilities

Ninety-six percent of Hawaii residents support expanding solar and 85 percent support making solar more affordable.

Although we’re surrounded by solar, wind, wave and geothermal power, we still import 94 percent of our energy in the form of fossil fuel.

As a result of rising fuel prices, our electricity rates in Hawaii are two to three times higher than the national average. And yet we see our electric companies stalling.

A friend waited more than six months, costing him a bundle, while Maui Electric Co. made him wait, for no good reason, to allow him to use the panels on his roof. The rest of the country is watching our utilities’ delaying tactics.

Their ads say they support solar but their actions prove the opposite.

Bobbie Best