The Importance of Understanding Your Solar System

You’ve taken a significant step by investing in a solar system for your home. However, there’s more to this investment than just the installation itself. To truly make the most of it, you should understand how your system works and how to use it efficiently.

The Investment Breakdown

Consider your solar investment in two parts. First, there’s the solar installation – the panels, inverters, and all the technical components. Then, there’s the other half, which is up to you, the homeowner. This is where the real potential lies.

Think of it like buying a new car. You wouldn’t just hop in and start driving without understanding how every piece of equipment works, right? Your solar system deserves the same attention if you want to maximize your investment.

Post-Installation Essentials

After your solar system is installed, it’s crucial to connect with certified experts. At Independent Energy, we go the extra mile to create monitoring sites for our customers and walk them through the associated app. Our goal is to ensure that you have all your questions answered and that you can easily access essential information regarding your system. Additionally, homeowners can find detailed owner manuals for all our solar systems online, providing a comprehensive resource for understanding and managing their systems effectively.

This foundation of knowledge will empower you to make informed decisions about your solar system. You’ll have the tools and resources you need to monitor and maintain your system, making the most of your investment.

Monitoring Your System

Initially, you’ll see data on your energy consumption and production over the first few weeks. But it’s best to evaluate it over a 3-month period. This longer time frame allows you to gauge how your energy habits align with your solar production.

If you want to maximize your solar investment, it’s all about adapting your energy habits to match your system’s performance. The data available through your monitoring site and app will be invaluable in helping you make informed decisions about your energy consumption.

In conclusion, understanding your solar system is essential for getting the most out of your investment. By taking the time to learn about how it works and adjusting your energy habits accordingly, you can ensure that your solar system not only benefits the environment but also your wallet. So, let’s make the most of this investment together, one sunny day at a time. With Independent Energy’s support, you have all the tools and resources necessary to succeed in your solar journey.

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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.