• Will 2015 be brighter for solar in Hawaii?

    KITV - January 7, 2014

    Clouds of uncertainty have been hanging over Hawaii's residential solar industry. But will 2015 be brighter?
    Installations of residential solar systems have been dropping over the past two years.

    In 2014, the numbers were down by 50 percent from the year before, going from 13,303 to 6,554 permits issued.

    Fewer homeowners may be signing up to go green because Hawaii's solar energy future is up in the air.

    Part of the uncertainty comes from the proposed sale of Hawaiian Electric to Nextera.

  • PVT dedicates $4M recycling machine

    Hawai News Now - November 19, 2014

    NANAKULI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new $4 million recycling machine at the PVT landfill in Nanakuli will not only recycle tons of construction debris but could help produce enough electricity to light 12,000 homes.

    PVT Land Co. held a dedication ceremony for the massive recycling equipment at its Nanakuli landfill. The new machine will help break down demolished buildings and other construction material into smaller pieces that can be recycled.

    It also sorts out wood, paper and plastic which can be burned by energy companies to generate electricity.

  • Final stretch of Kapolei Parkway to open next week

    KHON - September 29, 2014

    Nearly two years after construction began, a main road in Kapolei will soon be fully open.

    KHON2 received inquiries via Report It asking when Kapolei Parkway would be done.

    “It seems like a long time,” said Makakilo resident Steven Martin.

    “Longer than it should have been,” said Ewa Beach resident Caroline Tumpap.

    The project has faced delays and an increase in cost.

    When KHON2 talked to city officials in June, they said the road would be open this month. Now they’re saying it will be ready for drivers in October.

  • Power plant woes prompt HECO conservation request

    Hawaii News Now - September 17, 2014

    KALAELOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Continued problems at the state's largest independent power producer are prompting calls by Hawaiian Electric Co. for more energy conservation over the next several days.

    Kalaeloa Partner's 208-MW plant in Campbell Industrial Park remained idle for the second straight day after a hole was discovered in one of its two boilers. The other boiler went offline due to problems in the transmission system connecting it to Oahu's grid.

  • HECO says its trying to connect more customers to the grid

    KITV - September 19, 2014

    HONOLULU, Hawaii —Wannabe solar customers in Hawaii said they are running into one big obstacle, a long waiting game to connect to the grid. Dozens showed up on Friday to hear how Hawaiian Electric is planning to move the process along.

    About 4,500 people are waiting to connect to the grid. Some are homeowners others like Greg Malick said it's for their church.

    "Our church put photovoltaics on the roof and it's been waiting months. I know the switch is on the off position and they have to wait for HECO to approve everything," said Malick.

  • Hearing set to discuss solar interconnection policy changes

    KHON - September 11, 2014

    Lawmakers have scheduled a hearing to get an update from Hawaiian Electric Company and various organizations on the current status of solar interconnection and future plans.

    Last September, HECO notified its customers of a policy change that would require permission from the company to proceed with the installation of a PV system. Since the policy change, many solar customers have been facing delays in getting their PV systems connected to the grid.

  • Pedestrian death underscores need for streetlights and sidewalks

    Hawaii News Now - September 8, 2014

    Honolulu police said a 44-year-old homeless man was riding his wheelchair in a traffic lane on Enterprise Avenue in Kalaeloa Friday night when he was hit by an HPD patrol car driven by an officer transporting two teenagers to the Youth Challenge Academy.

    Makakilo Neighborhood Board chairperson Evelyn Souza said the accident underscores how dark and dangerous Enterprise Avenue can be when the sun goes down.

  • Senate bill would fund new veterans health care center on Oahu

    KHON - June 6, 2014

    A Congressional Senate bill would add a new health care center on Oahu to help improve services for veterans.

    The 180,000-square foot facility, to be called the Advance Leeward Outpatient Health Access (ALOHA) Center, would be built on the Ewa plain. It would double the VA’s existing clinical capacity on the island and expected to provide health services for about 15,000 island veterans.

    The other facility on Oahu is the Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical Center at Tripler Army Medical Center.