Maui’s solar grid reaches limit, customers can opt to ‘Self Supply’ instead

Maui Electric’s solar grid has reached its limit, but the power company says customers who want solar still have options.

According to the utility, its Customer Grid Supply program is now at the capacity limit set by the state Public Utilities Commission. That includes the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai.

Officials say an increasing number of customers were installing oversized rooftop systems, which export significantly more electricity to the grid than the household actually uses. As these systems are installed, less room remains on the grid for additional systems, they said.

Customers can opt for the Self Supply program, which enables them to install PV systems that provide power to the home but do not export electricity to the grid. These systems can include energy storage devices, such as batteries.

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“Adding more rooftop solar power is an important part our effort to reach 100-percent renewable energy. We will continue to work with the PUC to develop more options for customers that support our state’s renewable energy goals,” said Sharon Suzuki, Maui Electric president.

Customers on Oahu and Hawaii Island can continue to apply for the Grid Supply program (under Hawaiian Electric and Hawaii Electric Light respectively), but are urged to choose a system that’s appropriate for the size of their household.

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