Hawaii residents’ photovoltaic solar installations increased almost 100% in 2010 over 2009, according to Hawaiian Electric Co. A total of 3,967 solar power systems were connected to the HECO grid on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, compared to 1,916 installations in 2009. The installations added 13 megawatts of capacity to the grid.
Hawaii is also one the leaders in the U.S in solar water heaters as one in four single-family homes have them. Increasing the adoption of solar energy in Hawaii makes sense not only economically but environmentally as it helps preserve one the countries most beautiful spots and serves as an example for responsible energy production not matter how small the state.
And just for some (very small) bragging rights – the solar electric array on our roof just passed 14 MW of lifetime production a couple of weeks ago.