Hawaiian Utility Accepts FIT Applications Via a Web Site
The Hawaiian Electric Company launched a new Web site on November 17 to manage and accept applications for its feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which is designed to support the addition of more renewable energy projects in the state. Qualifying renewable technologies include photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, on-shore wind and in-line hydropower. A FIT offers pre-established rates and standardized contract terms, which makes it easier for individuals, businesses, governmental entities and other developers to sell renewable energy to Hawaiian Electric.
The Web site, operated by a third party, began accepting applications November 17 for the island of Oahu, and will accept applications for Hawaii Island and Maui County beginning November 24. As approved by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, the program will accept up to 60 megawatts (MW) of FIT projects on Oahu, 10 MW on Hawaii Island, and 10 MW in Maui County. See the Hawaiian Electric press release and the Hawaiian Electric FIT Web site.