Hawaiian Islands’ Solar Installations Doubled in 2010

It was a year of unprecedented growth in Hawaii as the number of installed, customer-cited solar arrays on Oahu, Hawaii Island and Maui County more than doubled from 2009 to 2010.

According to the Hawaiian Electric Co., the number of solar arrays grew to 3,967 at the end of 2010, compared to 1,916 at the end of 2009.

“Interest in solar power has steadily increased in recent years, but it really took off in 2010,” Robbie Alm, Hawaiian Electric executive vice president, said in a press release announcing the solar growth.

Hawaiian Electric said the systems it counted included net-metered systems and those under standard interconnection agreements with the utility.

“Interest in net energy metering started to increase in 2008, when crude oil prices spiked at $147 a barrel,” the company said...... Continue reading.