December 13, 2011
Hawaii homeowner Kenneth Chang received his first check for $1,344 from HECO late last month, thanks to his new feed-in tariff (FIT) solar system designed and installed by RevoluSun. As the first residential FIT participant on Oahu, Chang will continue to receive monthly checks for the solar electricity he sells to Oahu's utility, HECO, to the tune of nearly $320,000 over the next two decades. Through the FIT program, the utility must pay its customers a fixed price for energy produced and returned into the grid under the FIT program.
“In 2009 I contacted RevoluSun to learn more about solar energy, and they walked me through the design and options for my home. RevoluSun Project Developer Abbie Willow made the entire process stress free – the installation was simple and efficient, and now I get only a monthly $15.99 bill for administrative fees from HECO, when before I was paying over $120 each month for energy,” said Chang. “Then last year, Abbie told me about the feed-in tariff. The idea that I could add to my system and get paid by HECO was too good to pass up. We installed the FIT system in August and now I’m getting paid to make clean, renewable energy!”
The first FIT participant on Oahu, Chang is also among the many homeowners who have already joined the RevoluSun to virtually eliminate their monthly electric bill, and now are looking to make even more solar energy to sell back to the utility, which is a little more than $0.27 per kWh for homeowners.
“We recommend Hawaii homeowners first install a net metered system, which makes enough solar energy to offset their actual usage energy consumption,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun Principal. “After that, if the home has enough roof space, a homeowner can add a FIT system, which actually makes them money while at the same time it creates clean energy. It’s a win-win for both the homeowner and Hawaii!”
Chang’s net metered system is a 4.1 kW system, and the FIT system is a 16.7 kW system. Driving by, one will see 88 SunPower panels on his roof, pumping out green energy every day.
"We at Hawaiian Electric Company salute Kenneth Chang of Manoa, our first residential customer on Oahu to sign up for the Tier 1 Feed-in Tariff," said Scott Seu, Hawaiian Electric vice president for energy resources. "The FIT provides a fixed contract and fixed payment to make it easy for people to sell renewable energy to us. Working with RevoluSun, Mr. Chang is going beyond producing renewable energy for his own use - under the FIT he is producing clean energy for our island and is helping Hawaii reduce its use of imported oil.”
The feed-in tariff and net energy metering are two ways HECO customers can benefit from producing renewable energy on their sites. With energy-efficient appliances and lighting, solar water heating and the right size photovoltaic system, Hawaii homeowners make a positive difference today and into the future.
“Kenneth is a model RevoluSunary – not only does he offset his own energy bill and spread the solar word through solar open houses at his home, but now he is making solar energy for others to use,” said Abbie Willow, RevoluSun Project Developer. “By taking advantage of various government incentives his investment will pay off in about 10 months and after that it’s pure profit.”
For those homeowners who are interested in learning more about making solar energy work for them through a net-metered system, and later through a FIT system, visit a solar open house held each weekend on Oahu or register for a free solar seminar at www.RevoluSun.com www.RevoluSun.com or by calling 748.8888.
“It’s been an interesting journey, but one I’m so glad I’ve made,” Chang said. “In fact, when the HECO inspector came out to look at my new FIT system, he told me, ‘Kenneth, you’re like Star Trek – you’re going where no man has gone before.’ It’s true! I’m the first, but I’m sure the first of many, when people realize what a great investment this is.”
For more information on the feed-in tariff system, you can visit HECO’s web site at http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.508576f78baa14340b4c0610c510b1ca/?vgnextoid=0b0a8618ce4f7210VgnVCM1000005c011bacRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&cpsextcurrchannel=1
RevoluSun is Hawaii’s leading solar electric company, designing and installing more residential photovoltaic projects than any other company. Providing the highest quality of service, technology and design in renewable energy, RevoluSun is bringing cleaner, smarter energy to communities, one rooftop at a time. With its extensive network of alternative energy partners and detailed knowledge of federal and state tax incentives, RevoluSun makes renewable solar energy an affordable, attractive option for both homeowners and businesses.
Hawaii-owned RevoluSun offers free, understandable energy evaluations to its residential clients, which allow for customized systems based on each home’s unique energy needs. RevoluSun also provides a robust community education program aimed at educating homeowners on how solar works and what tax incentives are available through its free solar education series and solar open house programs. For commercial and government projects, RevoluSun is pioneering new models in renewable energy that provide maximum value, expertise and service, while ensuring its client’s structure the best possible business models to take advantage of local renewable energy opportunities. For more information about RevoluSun visit www.RevoluSun.com or call 808.748.8888.
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