HECO sees significant uptick in self-supply applications

Since 2013, Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO) has wrestled with how to solve its “solar-oversupply problem.”

Too many citizens installed distributed-generation (DG) solar under generous net-metering programs, and the company’s grid couldn’t handle all the electricity being exported to it. But they may not have to deal with the problem much longer.

The utility reported that it received 234 applications in October to participate in the utility’s Customer Self-Supply (CSS) program, which is designed for distributed PV installations that don’t export any electricity to the grid…

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