Hawaii's Energy Revolution Under the Spotlight


Hawaii’s Energy Revolution

Hawaii stands at the forefront of an energy transformation, moving away from fossil fuels towards the future of renewable energy. The islands wrestle with imported fuels for its energy, battling with towering costs and environmental concerns. Despite ranking low in energy consumption, Hawaii consumes seven times more energy than it produces, setting the stage for the nation’s highest electricity prices, almost tripling the U.S. average.

Hawaii’s Diverse Renewable Quest

Apart from imported fuels, Hawaii also uses energy from solar, wind, geothermal, and hydroelectric power sources. This diversified approach aims to break free from costly imports, anchoring Hawaii’s path to energy independence. Striving for 100% renewable energy by 2045, Hawaii pioneers sustainability, sparks innovation, and sets a blueprint for a clean, self-sufficient future. In 2022, solar power accounted for 17% of Hawaii’s electricity, firmly establishing itself at the forefront among renewable energy sources.

The Solar Odyssey of Hawaii

In recent years, Hawaii has witnessed a solar revolution. Small-scale solar systems, like individual rooftop panels, have emerged. In 2021, these systems added more than a thousand GWh to Hawaii’s power grid. This amount is twice what large-scale solar plants produce, showing that solar energy accounts for 60% of the state’s renewable energy.


The Power of One: Embracing Solar

Imagine the Smiths, a family in Hawaii. By switching to solar energy, their household’s carbon footprint shrinks by eight tons yearly, saving a whopping 4,000 gallons of fossil fuels. 

On average, a typical residential solar panel system can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by several tons annually. The specific reduction in carbon footprint and fossil fuel savings can vary widely based on various factors such as the size of the solar installation, the region’s solar exposure, the previous energy source, and the household’s overall energy consumption. Each household’s switch to solar power weaves into Hawaii’s tapestry of renewable energy, creating a collective force towards a brighter, cleaner future.

Community and Solar: A Powerful Duo

Think beyond savings; think communal change. Each rooftop panel isn’t just about personal gain—it’s a step away from imported fuels, a stride towards a sustainable future for Hawaii. Picture this ripple effect: job creation, economic growth, and a reinforced renewable energy community. 

Looking at Hawaii’s Solar Future: Why It’s Invaluable

With sky-high electricity costs stemming from imported fuels, embracing solar isn’t just about saving at home—it’s an economic game-changer for the entire state. By reducing reliance on imports, solar power stabilizes prices and fortifies Hawaii’s energy resilience.

Beyond individual homes, solar’s value lies in a collective shift towards energy independence. Imagine a Hawaii where every rooftop panel signifies progress towards a sustainable future. It’s not just about personal savings; it’s about creating jobs, bolstering the economy, and steering the state towards a cleaner, more secure future.

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Status: The program is capped at 50 megawatts (MW), as of right now we are at 6.2 MW.

  • Currently customers who are accepted into the program will receive $850 per kilowatt (kW).
  • After the first 15 MW is filled, the next 15 MW of committed capacity will receive $750 per kW.
  • After the next 15 MW is used the last 20 MW of committed capacity will receive $500 per kW.

Customers that are not currently enrolled in the company’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program will receive a fixed monthly bill credit for energy exported to the grid for three years. The credit is an amount equivalent to the respective retail rate for electricity exported during the two-hour period. After these three years are completed any underlying interconnection tariff export rates, if any, will apply.

Customers who wish to participate with an existing solar system and are presently enrolled in a customer energy program (such as Net Energy Metering, and Grid Supply or others) will continue to receive full benefits from these programs. Up to 5 kW of new panels may be added under existing programs. There is no limit on the size of an individual customer’s battery.

If you would like to add more than 5 kW of additional capacity of PV, it is possible as long as you still adhere to a 2:1 PV to battery output ratio. These apply to any interconnection tariff customers!


“We wholeheartedly recommend Independent Energy Hawaii for all your solar photovoltaic system needs. From our initial conversations with Desta to the final inspection with James, every interaction was extraordinarily positive. The team’s knowledge, honesty, and professionalism was exceptional. The whole process was done efficiently and reliably and we couldn’t be more appreciative. Every member of the team was professional, competent, and respectful in their dealings with us.”

– Sandy L


“Easily the most professional crew I ever had the pleasure of doing business with, and I never felt alone or in the dark thanks to Desta. He helped me with all my questions and I loved the fact that he was just a phone call away. Dedication to something like that is just hard to find nowadays. This company was a breath of fresh air for me and I wish I could do such an awesome crew justice with such a simple review. 10/10″

– Hank W


“Desta, Adam, Mike, Garrison and the rest of the Independent Energy Team are amazing. They were knowledgeable, responsive and helpful throughout our whole solar process. When issues came up (as they always do with projects), they went the extra mile to make sure everything worked properly.
Our panels and battery were installed on time as promised and are working great – just got our first ever $26 HECO bill!
This company cares about helping people and doing quality work, which is very rare these days. Hands down the best experience I’ve had with a company for home improvement/renovations. Highly recommend!”

– Matcha S.