Hawaiian Utility Opens Floodgates for Solar Installations

HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), the local utility that serves 95 percent of the state’s 1.2 million residents, recently turned heads with its proactive approach to upgrading its grid to better facilitate the integration of large solar arrays. The company’s actions earned it the approval of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), a non-profit based in Latham, N.Y., that strives to increase the use of renewable energy sources across the country.

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