Rate increase blamed on sun power
Customers with solar panels will cause higher bills for those without,HECO says
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 06, 2012
Hawaiian Electric Co. customers installed a record amount of solar power generating capacity on their rooftops last year, causing a reduction in utility revenue that HECO says it will have to make up with an increase in rates.
Customers on Oahu, Hawaii island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai installed enough photovoltaic (solar) panels connected to HECO's grid to generate a maximum 30 megawatts of electricity, the same generating capacity as the new wind farm in Kahuku. That was nearly triple the 11.5 megawatts of capacity installed in 2010.