The new chief executive of MECO, Sharon Suzuki, has set high aims for Maui’s renewable energy future. Under her guidance, Suzuki hopes to see Maui achieve 40% of energy use from renewable sources, including Maui solar energy sources, by 2030. MECO is already on its way to achieving the target with 17% locally produced renewable energy as of 2011.
Solar systems on Maui have shown “exponential” growth, she said, especially smaller rooftop systems. In the first quarter of 2012, there were three times more rooftop photovoltaic systems installed than the same time period in 2011. That put Maui in the top ten nationwide for installed solar watts per capita according to a 2011 Hawaii Electric Industries (HEI) report.
With generally sunny skies and some of the highest electricity rates in the country, installing a PV solar system in Maui is a natural choice for energy and cost conscious residents. With a variety of programs in place, Sunetric has been serving the Maui community and helping people with the switch to renewable clean energy.
Qualified homeowners can install rooftop PV with $0 down and 18 months interest free financing. And keep in mind that a PV system increases the value of your home while also bringing down your electricity bill.
For Suzuki, the switch to clean and renewable energy is a clear choice. In an interview with Maui Now she explained, ““I believe that Maui Electric can achieve our clean energy goals by working with the community, not just for our needs but for the needs of future generations. I’m excited about the opportunity to lead the company.”
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