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Sufficient Solar Sources

Hawaiian Electric
Energy Comparative Analysis of Energy Systems: Hawai'i

Maui Solar Project

An Embarrassment of Riches?

The electric power grid of Hawaii is

isolated because it is so remote * Maui Solar Project recently installed 20 kW of
solar panels on the campus of The Maui Farm, a
People in Hawaii pay 3.5 times more than the U.S. average local nonprofit organization.- Maui Now

By the end of 2015, Oahu residents had nearly 41,600

rooftop solar systems with a capacity of 343 Megawatts

The average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. resi-

dent in 2016 was 10,766 kilowatt hours. That averages out
to 897 kWh per month. Hawaii had the lowest at 6,061 kWh
per residential customer.

An estimated 90,000 residential solar water heating systems

are in operation in Hawaiian Electric service territories.

In Hawaii today, approximately 12% of homes

have solar panels Solar electricity has become increasingly common causing the
amount of electricity produced to increase as well.
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The administrative office of the farm is going to save the organization about $200,000 over the next 20

While a practice utilities and developers seek to minimize, curtailment is essential to the functioning of
Maui's grid today and its hopes of reaching 100% renewables by 2045

It is cheaper in the long run and gives you credits for


Solar energy is reliable

because we wouldn't
have to import other
sources of energy and
could make it on our
How do they work?

Solar panels work by allowing particles of light to get rid of electrons in atoms
generating a flow of electricity.

Why are solar panels so important?

The use of solar panels to generate energy provides many benefits, which
include lower costs associated with generating electricity.

What are some benefits?

We could burn less fossil fuels if we used more solar energy! This reduces
the amount of pollution in the air and our ocean.