Take ‘charge’ in 2018 with the right PV system
Happy New Year! Hawaii Energy Connection (HEC), the local company known as KumuKit™, has installed more than 8,000 residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems, and surpassed big mainland companies in battery storage and energy management technology with its KumuKit Powerblocks™.
The company has also installed more than 100 KumuKit™ systems with battery storage under the Customer Grid Supply (CGS) and Customer Self Supply (CSS) programs here in the state. The systems are designed to be simple, monitored and controlled by you with its innovative, sophisticated proprietary Energy Management Controller, unlike any other energy management system in the market today. It is notable that the business has been actively involved in the forefront of the interconnection programs and policies, and is very knowledgeable and trained in the various processes.
If saving money on your electric bill is one of your resolutions this year, you should consider getting solar for your home or business, although please keep in mind that knowing the right PV system size for your needs should be highly considered. With the changes to solar interconnection policies, it is more important than ever. Purchasing an oversized system can cost you thousands of dollars for extra panels and battery storage capacity.
Taking into consideration your unique situation, tax credit appetite, roof space, budget and electricity usage, the company uses its exclusive Right-Sizer™ tool to design a customized solution with “good, better and best” options that balance the cost of the system and the amount of savings you’ll enjoy. Remember, the still-available state and federal tax credits (up to 65 percent) and the fi -nancing options that are available make it easy to own, too.
In a couple of months, there will be two new solar tariffs introduced by the Hawaii Public Utility Commission to connect a rooftop PV system: Customer Grid Supply Plus (CGS+) and Smart Export. Similar to the popular CGS tariff, which reached its capacity limit in November, homeowners will still be able to receive solar credits for excess electricity they generate with their PV system and send back to the grid under this new version of CGS.
You may have already applied or submitted an application for a PV system under the regular CGS program. However, the complete application process, reviews and lengthy wait may have discouraged you to pursue in getting your system installed or you may have missed the tariff since it has ceased. Perhaps you already received your approval for your PV interconnection under the CGS tariff, but then were unable to contact the contractor who you originally submitted your application or they are no longer in business? Or, you’ve been shopping around for a system, but still haven’t made up your mind? Would you like to get a head start into the upcoming CGS+ program?
An opportunity is coming up for you to hear about these two new tariffs at the Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) Home Building & Remodeling Show from Jan. 26 to 28 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. HEC will be hosting two free informational seminars — “How to Maximize Your Savings Under The New HECO Programs” on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. If you would like complimentary passes to either seminar, email your name, address and the number of passes (limit four) to email@example.com.
HAWAII ENERGY CONNECTION (KUMUKIT™)
ADDRESS 99-1350 Koaha Place