Hawaiian Electric is dedicated to increasing the use of clean energy in Hawaii and decreasing our reliance on imported oil. The plan emphasizes community involvement and participation during the development of future energy projects and the placement of grid infrastructure.
Hawaiian Electricproposes requirements for developers to create public participation plans and offer benefit packages to host communities. The company acknowledges that customer worries regarding affordability and reliability are essential, and affirms that the grid of the future must meet these fundamental needs.
As part of the partnership, Hawaiian Electric is helping to identify areas of O'ahu that are ideal for developing microgrids to construct a more resilient power grid. Oahu customers will soon be able to take part in shared solar programs managed by Hawaiian Electric. The more renewable energy there is online, the less we will depend on imported oil and we will be tied to the price fluctuations associated with fossil fuels. By 2030, Hawaiian Electric plans to have 125,000 private rooftop solar energy and energy storage systems (1186 MW) and implement 3,400 GWh of energy efficiency measures on Oahu, the Island of Hawaii, Maui, Lanai and Molokai. Planning for a clean energy future isn't as straightforward as disconnecting from fossil fuels and connecting to renewable energy sources like solar and wind.
Read about Molokai residents who purchased energy saving kits from Hawaii Energy, the Maui County Water Supply Department, and Hawaiian Electric. They are best suited for areas prone to prolonged outages during weather events, with customer groups and a possible availability of renewable energy resources. Hawaiian Electric is pleased to provide technical support to the Molokai Clean Energy community in its planning process to develop a portfolio of clean energy projects in order to guarantee that 100% renewable energy on the island is feasible, respects the culture and environment of Molokai, and has strong community support. Hawaiian Electric recently released a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify new opportunities for renewable energy projects in Maui. By seeking federal funding, Hawaiian Electric aims to reduce costs for customers and improve grid modernization and strengthening efforts. The company currently has four requests for proposals (RFPs) to identify new opportunities for renewable energy projects on Oahu. Hawaiian Electric's renewable energy program offers numerous advantages for Hawaii's citizens.
It helps reduce our dependence on imported oil, provides cost savings for customers, increases resilience against weather events, supports local communities, and helps protect the environment. By investing in renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, Hawaiian Electric is helping Hawaii move towards a cleaner future.