The Hawaiian Electric Companies to launch two new rooftop solar programs

Smart Export and Customer Grid-Supply Plus to come online Feb. 20

Release Date: 2/7/2018

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HONOLULU, Feb. 7, 2018 - The Hawaiian Electric Companies will soon offer two new private rooftop solar programs designed to help maintain service reliability and stability as we integrate more renewable energy on our island grids.

On Feb. 6 the Public Utilities Commission approved two new programs – Smart Export and Customer Grid-Supply Plus (CGS Plus). Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light will begin taking applications on Feb. 20 for both programs. Applications must be submitted online through the companies' Customer Interconnection Tool.

Here's a look at the programs:

  • Smart Export - Customers approved for this program would receive credits on their electric bill for exporting energy during peak hours from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. No credits would be given between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., when solar energy is abundant and the utility can meet all customer demand. Customers would receive credit on their monthly bills at these rates, or cents per kilowatt-hour: On Oahu, 14.97 cents; Hawaii Island, 11 cents; Maui, 14.41 cents; Molokai, 16.64 cents; and Lanai 20.79 cents.
  • Customer Grid-Supply Plus - A variation of the popular Customer Grid-Supply that reached capacity last fall, this program offers new rates and allows the companies to measure, monitor and, if necessary, control CGS Plus systems to maintain grid stability. Credit rates, in cents per kilowatt-hour: Oahu 10.08 cents; Hawaii Island, 10.55 cents; Maui, 12.17 cents; Molokai, 16.77 cents; and Lanai, 20.80 cents.

For further information on these and other available rooftop solar programs go to: