New, improved ways to store your solar energy

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: EnergyExterior

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Yes, you can still save big on your electric bill. Under the current customer self-supply solar program, a homeowner cannot send excess solar to the grid, but can still draw power from the grid. Today, you’re hearing more and more about batteries and energy storage systems. But did you know that not all battery or energy storage systems are alike?

So much more than just batteries, the KumuKit Powerblocks™ system connects to new and existing photovoltaic (PV) systems, and works together with your solar panels and household electrical devices, allowing you to manage your energy using an Energy Management Controller (EMC). In fact, all newly installed KumuKit™ PV systems come with this innovative and proprietary EMC, creating a PV energy management system unlike any other in Hawaii or rather on the market today.

Power outages from tropical storms and electrical grid failure are inevitable. Keep the power flowing and your family going with Powerblocks,™ and you won’t have to suffer through them again.

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KumuKit™ has fantastic financing options available, too. Many of you already have Net Energy Metering (NEM) or Customer Grid-Supply (CGS) approvals to install a PV system, but are unable to contact your original contractor or they’re longer in business. Give Hawaii Energy Connection a call and the staff will help you continue through the process to get you installed.

The company’s self-supply systems can start at $5,000 after the still-generous state and federal tax credits, and cover roughly thirty-percent of a home’s energy demand. Customers can add batteries later to increase the system size if they want. The total upfront costs, before the tax credits, range from $14,000 (without batteries) to upward of $35,000 (with batteries). In 2008, at the beginning of Hawaii’s PV solar boom, the cost of PV alone is the same price as PV with energy storage today.

The utility is actively canceling approved NEM agreements from customers who haven’t taken action to proceed with their PV installation. This is to make room on the grid for others who have been waiting in the queue to get solar. If you have an approved NEM or perhaps you don’t know, call and the company will help. Don’t wait any longer!

Hawaii Energy Connection will host four free informational seminars at the BIA-Hawaii Home Building & Remodeling Show, Jan. 27-29 at Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall at the following times: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.; and Sunday 11:30 a.m. The staff will go into detail of the above and introduce you to “A New Way to Save With Solar … NOW!”

HAWAII ENERGY CONNECTION LLC
contact // 524-7336
address // 99-1350 Koaha Place
web // hawaiienergyconnection.com