New website launched for Hawaiian Electric Feed-in Tariff program

November 17, 2010, 6:33 AM HST · Updated November 17, 6:33 AM
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A new website will manage and accept applications for the Hawaiian Electric utilities’ Feed-in Tariff program, which is designed to encourage the addition of more renewable energy projects in Hawaii.

The Feed-in Tariff offers pre-established rates and standardized contract terms, which will provide an easy way for individuals, businesses, governmental entities and other developers to sell renewable energy to Hawaiian Electric.

“To break our dependence on imported oil, our state is going to need more sources of clean energy, both large and small. This program will help make that possible,” said Robbie Alm, Hawaiian Electric executive vice president.

All applications for the program must be submitted through the website, which can be found at www.hecofitio.com

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. The site is operated and maintained by Accion Group, an independent third-party observer that oversees the Feed-in Tariff applications on behalf of the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

The website will start accepting applications for projects on Oahu on Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 12

Noon (Hawaii time.) Applications for projects on Hawaii Island and Maui County will be accepted beginning Nov. 24.

As approved by the PUC, the program will accept up to 60 megawatts of Feed-in Tariff projects on Oahu, 10 megawatts on Hawaii Island and 10 megawatts in Maui County. Qualifying renewable technologies include photovoltaic, concentrated solar power, on-shore wind and in-line hydropower.

Questions about the Feed-in Tariff can be emailed to [email protected]. More information about the program and the Hawaiian Electric utilities’ efforts to develop more renewable energy resources can be found at www.heco.com.

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