Producing Clean Energy

Feed-In Tariff Program

Hawaiian Electric Company's Feed-In Tariff ("FIT") program is designed to encourage the addition of more renewable energy projects in Hawaii. Pre-established FIT rates and standardized FIT contract terms provide an easy way for individuals, small businesses, governmental entities, or other developers to sell renewable energy to Hawaiian Electric.


To view the FIT Queue, you will leave Hawaiian Electric's secured website and be taken to the Accion Group's website.

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Updates

The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program is closed to new applications. On December 5, 2014 the Public Utilities commission issued Decision and Order No. 32499 in Docket No. 2013-0194 which approved the Companies’ and Independent Observer’s Joint Plan for administration of the FIT queues. Pursuant to the Order, projects in the FIT Reserve queue were removed and milestones established for the remaining projects in the FIT Active Queue.

The order stated that “ future revisions or modifications to the FIT program will be addressed either in Docket No. 2014-0192, which has been established to review the HECO Companies’ PSIPs”.1

[1] In the Matter of Public Utilities Commission Instituting an Investigation to Reexamine the Feed-In Tariff for Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc., and Maui Electric Company Limited, Docket 2013-0194, Order No. 32499 filed on December 05, 2014, at 90.


Tariff Documents

Pursuant to Decision and Order No. 32499 in Docket No. 2013-0194, Hawaiian Electric filed updated FIT Tariffs for all Tiers and an updated Schedule FIT Tier 1 and Tier 2 Appendix I Standard Agreement on December 22, 2014.

Under the guidelines issued by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, renewable technologies eligible for the FIT include photovoltaic (PV), concentrated solar power (CSP), in-line hydro (Tier 1 and Tier 2 only), and on-shore wind. See below:

TierProject Size
1 0 - 20 kW on all islands
2

Greater than 20 kW and up to and including:

  • PV:500 kW on Oahu, 250 kW on Maui and Hawaii, and 100 kW on Lanai and Molokai;
  • CSP: 500 kW on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii, and 100 kW on Lanai and Molokai;
  • In-line hydro: 100 kW on all islands;
  • Onshore wind: 100 kW on all islands
3

Greater than Tier 2 maximums and up to and including the lesser of 5 MW on Oahu and 2.72 MW on Maui and Hawaii or 1% of the system peak load from the previous year,

Except that wind generation is precluded on Maui and Hawaii


The energy payment rates are determined by the technology type and the size of the project. See below:

Renewable Generator Type and SizeFIT Energy Payment Rate (¢/kWh)
Tier 1 PV < = 20 kW 21.8
Tier 1 CSP < = 20 kW 26.9
Tier l On-Shore Wind < = 20 kW 16.1
Tier 1 In-line Hydropower < = 20 kW 21.3
Tier 2 PV > 20 kW and < = 500 kW 18.9
Tier 2 CSP > 20 kW and < = 500 kW 25.4
Tier 2 On-Shore Wind > 20 kW and < = 100 kW 13.8
Tier 2 In-line Hydropower > 20 kW and < =100 kW 18.9
Tier 3 PV > 500 kW and < = the lesser of 5 MW or 1% of the system peak load 19.7
Tier 3 CSP > 500 kW and < = the lesser of 5 MW or 1% of the system peak load 31.5
Tier 3 On-Shore Wind > 100 kW and < = the lesser of 5 MW or 1% of the system peak load 12.0
Baseline FIT Rate 12.0

The energy payment rates specified in paragraph G(l) of the FIT Tariffs for solar energy technologies (PV and CSP) are based on the 35% Hawaii state renewable energy technologies income tax credit as prescribed in the Hawaii state tax code, Hawaii Revised Statutes ("HRS") Section 235-12.5. Under HRS Section 235-12.5(g), the Seller may elect a reduced refundable tax credit. If Seller intends to elect the reduced refundable tax credit, Seller must provide written documentation at the time of application under this Schedule FIT that Seller will elect the reduced refundable tax credit option. If Seller provides a certified copy of Seller's actual tax return filing with the Hawaii State Department of Taxation documenting the election of the reduced refundable tax credit, the FIT energy payment schedule below will be applicable to Seller from the first day of the billing period following the date the certified copy is provided to the Company. Seller will receive an adjustment payment representing the difference between the applicable rate pursuant to paragraph G(l) paid to Seller since the Commercial Operation Date and the applicable rate below which Seller has demonstrated it is eligible to receive, within 60 days of receipt of the certified copy of Seller's actual tax return filing.

Renewable Generator Type and SizeFIT Energy Payment Rate (¢/kWh)
Tier 1 PV < = 20 kW 27.4
Tier 1 CSP < = 20 kW 33.1
Tier 2 PV > 20 kW and < = 500 kW 23.8
Tier 2 CSP > 20 kW and < = 500 kW 27.5
Tier 3 PV > 500 kW and < = the lesser of 5 MW or 1% of the system peak load 23.6
Tier 3 CSP > 500 kW and < = the lesser of 5 MW or 1% of the system peak load 33.5

The rates paid by the Company for the electric energy purchased under this Schedule FIT may be adjusted periodically as ordered and approved by the Commission. The Seller shall receive the FIT energy payment rate in effect at the time of execution of the Schedule FIT Agreement for the entire term of the Schedule FIT Agreement, provided, however, that the FIT energy payment rate may be modified by the Commission during the term of the Agreement if it is determined by the Commission to be necessary to maintain the viability of Seller's development and operation of Facility due to changes in federal or state tax laws

Management of the FIT Application and Queuing Process

The management of the FIT application and queuing process is being conducted by Accion Group, Inc., who also serves as the Independent Third Party Observer overseeing the Hawaiian Electric FIT program on behalf of the Commission.

Contact Us

For questions and inquires regarding Hawaiian Electric Company's FIT, please email them to: fit@hawaiianelectric.com or call (808) 543-4044.

Mailing Address:
Hawaiian Electric Company
Energy Procurement CP21-XB
ATTN: FIT
PO Box 2750
Honolulu, HI 96840