By Nina Wu
During these challenging times for the solar industry, it's cool to see some companies are still willing to step in and donate a system to families in need.
Energy Pro Hawaii did just that.
Earlier this summer, the Rezentes family had submitted a video depicting their daily lives to Enphase's Mahalo Hawaii campaign. Every day, Ava is hooked up to various machines which drive the electricity bill sky-high. The Rezentes family was one of the top video contenders for Enphases' competition, offering a Hawaii-based non-profit a solar photovoltaic system worth $25,000. The solar PV system eventually went to the La‘a Kea Foundation of Maui.
Both videos received more than 14,000 votes.
Seeing that there was a need, Energy Pro Hawaii consulted with Enphase and decided to step in and provide the Rezentes family with a solar PV system.
Energy Pro Hawaii is also campaigning to help Hawaii's students get cooler classsrooms. For every PV installation from now until the end of 2013, the company is offering a percentage of its proceeds to help public schools get air-conditioning.
Though the Hawaiian Electric Co. is putting up some hurdles by requiring homeowners in solar-saturated areas to pay for new transformers and equipment upgrades (to mitigate safety and reliability risks) out-of-pocket, a solar investment still makes sense as we move towards our clean-energy goals of 2030.
Solar power should be accessible to all if we are sincere about reaching our clean-energy goals. Earthjustice, a nonprofit public interest law organization, is challenging HECO's decision to charge customers for these upgrades. If you don't live in a solar-saturated area (or even if you do), it's still worth considering going solar by the end of the year.