Fearing lost profits,...investor-owned utilities are moving to blot out the solar revolution
For Cynthia Cantero, putting solar panels atop her Oahu, Hawaii, home seemed like a no-brainer...
Their loan payments would be less than the family's current $500-plus monthly electric bill, and once they paid off thenote, their home would be powered practically for free.
Math like that has made Hawaii one of the nation's solar leaders, with a higher proportion of solar-powered households than any other state--including 1 in 10 homes on its most populous island, Oahu.
But that same math is denting the revenues of the state's dominant utility, Hawaiian Electric Company. After Cantero's loan closed and her family had fully committed to going solar, Hawaiian Electric refused to approve their system. ...
"Here I am stuck in a nightmare, where a powerful utility can just change the rules..."
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Submitted Apr 22, 2014 By: