PV Challenges in Hawaii

I took some time off last week to recharge my battery and relax on the island of Kauai, Hawaii’s northernmost and geologically oldest island.

When I wasn’t out riding the big waves, I noticed a few commercial solar installations and an occasional solarinstaller truck, and ultimately ended up doing a little work on myvacation, looking into the state of solar on one of Hawaii’s islands. My suspicion was that with ample sun and high electricity rates, solarpower would be a no-brainer on the Garden Isle (population: about 65,000 in 2009).

I was wrong.

It turns out that despiteextremely high electricity rates and even taking into consideration theplummeting cost of solar modules, upfront costs remain a challenge in astate not served by a solar leasing outfit like SolarCity or SunRun or Sungevity.  There’s also the pesky problem of shady palm trees.   

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