Customers are losers in PUC solar approval

So, let me get this straight. According to your front-page article (“Utility pays solar projects $222,000”) the PUC approved a private company to build a solar farm on the slopes of the West Maui Mountains above Lahaina, which all in West Maui agree is a blatant eyesore. They contracted to sell their energy to Hawaiian Electric, but Hawaiian Electric says their grids are full and have to pay the private company $112,000 in “curtailment,” plus another $110,000 to their sister company in South Maui. Finally, Hawaiian Electric wants ratepayers (you and me) to pay this $222,000. Have I got this straight? From the original PUC approval onward, this stinks of bad management and we, the customers, are the losers.

Penny Wakida



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