Community-based Renewable Energy
A community-based renewable energy program allows electric utility customers to purchase shares in a renewable energy facility and receive bill credits for energy production. Thus far in Hawaii, distributed renewable energy systems, such as PV systems, have only been available to those who can afford the significant upfront cash payment required for system installation. A community-based renewable energy program provides an alternate means of investing in renewable energy to individuals and groups, like schools or community organizations, who may be otherwise precluded from installing their own systems.
On June 8, 2015, Governor David Ige signed into law Act 100, which requires Hawaii’s electric utilities to create a tariff by October 1, 2015 to enable customers to join community renewable programs. You can read the text of Act 100 here.
Hawaiian Electric recently filed their proposed Community-Based Renewable Energy Program with the Public Utilities Commission. You can read Hawaiian Electric’s filing by clicking here. The proposal is currently under review.
For more information on community-based renewable energy, please see the following U.S. Department of Energy resources: