In the last few years, the costs involved in collection and usage of solar power have dropped dramatically. Add this to the fact that state and federal governments are giving tax credits simply for installing this renewable energy source on homes and businesses. Also, many have suddenly decided that it is time to go green. Some, who live in less sunny climates, have lamented the fact that they cannot gather enough solar power in their area of the country to make the installation cost efficient. Hawaii, on the other hand, is leading the way in the solar power installations. Some of the homes in Hawaii are now able to produce all of the energy needed each day by having solar panels installed on the roof of their homes.
Companies that install solar panels in Hawaii are also helping convince people to go green. Some offer long term financing options for the installation while others offer free vacations as an incentive. These companies also offer to assist customers in locating the information about tax breaks that are available from the government, with some companies even offering assistance in filling out the necessary documents to qualify for those tax credits.
If you live in Hawaii, you may be excited to start using solar power because of the money you will save on your electricity bills. Hawaii has the most expensive electricity in the United States, and this is leaving many people trying to find a way to save money that they are now having to use for their power bills. Some are finding though, that the rush toward solar power, is creating a backlog as the power company tries to deal with the ramifications of the rapid solar growth.
Instead of providing 100% of the needed power, Hawaiian Electric is now dealing with issues related to excess solar power being fed back into the power lines. While extra solar energy may sound good to many, the problems it has been causing must be addressed quickly, as to keep pace with the growing amount of solar energy being created.
The over generation of solar power feeding back into the power grid has caused a slowing in the approval process for solar installation permits. If you are among those who have recently decided to add solar power to your home in Hawaii, chances are your permit request may be delayed while the local power company tries to decide how to handle the problems that may be forthcoming due to extra power entering the grid. Hawaii Electric has said that these problems could include power surges that may kill computers and appliances, flickering lights, and may lead to total blackouts, as well.
One solution the electric company has been looking at is letting consumers know that they will need to plan on paying for any equipment upgrades that will be needed due to the extra solar power being sent back into the power system. With the explosion in solar power in Hawaii, almost 20,000 units since 2007, the power company is trying to stay a step ahead and make sure that no residual problems occur down the road.
Hawaii is definitely leading the way in solar power. For those who live in the Islands, now is a great time to call an installer and find out if it would be cost effective for you to look into. Even if you are not planning to do the installation yet, it may be beneficial to begin the permitting process simply to avoid the long wait for a permit in the future.
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