Notes On Our Com­mu­nity’s Clean En­ergy Fu­ture

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fam­ily in any way.

Com­mu­nity-based So­lar Key to Our Clean En­ergy Fu­ture

I’ll be rein­tro­duc­ing a bill to es­tab­lish a com­mu­nity-based so­lar pro­gram, which would di­rect the elec­tric util­i­ties to de­velop a com­mu­nity-based re­new­able en­ergy con­tract for their cus­tomers. Last ses­sion, I in­tro­duced SB 2934. While close to the fin­ish line, un­for­tu­nately, the bill didn’t make it.

This leg­is­la­tion would have al­lowed util­ity cus­tomers, such as home­own­ers, renters, busi­nesses, and non­prof­its, to col­lec­tively own or lease a so­lar ar­ray where they gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity, and in re­turn they would get a credit on their elec­tric­ity bill. Th­ese proj- ects make it eas­ier for the util­i­ties to in­ter­con­nect to the grid, and they al­low any­one to more eas­ily ben­e­fit from so­lar power.

This is great for folks in con­dos who don’t have ad­e­quate roof space, or peo­ple who have shaded roofs or who live on sat­u­rated cir­cuits. You may know that UH Manoa is fac­ing a deficit of more than $ 30 mil­lion. Com­mu­nity so­lar is a vi­able op­tion that they are now look­ing at to greatly re­duce their elec­tric­ity costs.

An added plus: In a com­mu­nity so­lar pro­gram, PV pan­els are in­stalled at an off-site lo­ca­tion that could be many miles from where a per­son lives.

One ex­am­ple of this pro­gram in ac­tion is an 858 kW sys­tem near the Garfield County Air­port in Ri­fle, Colo. — where 3,575 pan­els are owned by Jimmy’s Pizza, Montes­sori School, and var­i­ous fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als. Lis­ten Story Meet­ing My next “Lis­ten Story” meet­ing will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Jan. 24 at Ewa Mahiko Dis­trict Park meet­ing room.

Sen. Gab­bard pre­sented honorary cer­tifi­cates to win­ners of the ‘Live and Let Live’ safe-driv­ing contest Nov. 15 at HPD in Kapolei. Pic­tured are (from left) Kaitapu Pule­sala (Nanakuli High, third place), Jazmin Balacy (Camp­bell High, first place), Gab­bard and Jamie Valdez (Kapolei High, sec­ond place).

Sen. Gab­bard pre­sented a cer­tifi­cate to PVT Land Co.’s pres­i­dent Al­bert Shige­mura (cen­ter) and VP and gen­eral man­ager Stephen Joseph (right) Nov. 19 at the bless­ing/ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony for the company’s new re­cy­cling op­er­a­tion in Nanakuli. Pho­tos from Sen. Gab­bard’s of­fice.

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