If you live on a island you are probably more keenly aware than most people of where everything you buy and consume comes from. This includes energy as any disruption in the supply to the island can mean great hardship for the residents.
It makes sense for island dwellers to demand a reliable source of power to their grid or better yet the ability to produce the power they need for their home and family, themselves. However when you think about it, taken to the logical end, does this not mean that there will no longer be a need for a utlity at all?
This is the balancing act that many electric utlities are doing not just in Hawaii but all around the world. So how are some countries like Germany able to move to such as high percentage ( 50 plus) of renewable electricity. The answer is that the utlities are now providing renewable electricity as well as some home owers with their own solar panels. Access electricity from home production is allowed to be sold back to the grid with a service charge for the infrastructure needed to allow this.
Hawaii Home Solar PV Systems.
In Hawaii, where 12 percent of the homes have solar panels, handling the surplus power is putting pressure on the state’s biggest utility, which is fighting to reduce what it pays for the energy.
Produced by: Erik Braund and Eugene Yi
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