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Clinton Vs. Trump on Climate Change and the Environment

Clinton Vs. Trump on Climate Change and the Environment

325 seconds – that’s the amount of time spent talking about climate change and energy policy in the first two presidential debates. Although the environment hasn’t received much attention on the campaign trail, it’s an important issue that isn’t going away anytime soon. Environmental initiatives (or lack thereof) backed by the next President still have a chance to make a huge impact on the future of our planet.

For the most part, the 2016 presidential candidates’ positions align with the political platform of their party, which couldn’t be more different. Below we go over where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand on climate change, water, conservation, and energy.

Solar Trends For the Solar Industry In 2016 And Beyond

Solar Trends For the Solar Industry In 2016 And Beyond

Back when Haleakala Solar first got started in 1977, solar power had the reputation of being an alternative energy source for hippies. Today, solar is a booming industry throughout many parts of the state, nation, and the world. Here are some predictions from the experts for the solar industry in 2016 and beyond.

Smart Grid – What Makes It So Smart For Hawaii?

Smart Grid – What Makes It So Smart For Hawaii?

Hawaii has an aggressive clean energy goal that all of the state’s electricity come from renewable sources no later than 2045, but in order to get to that goal our electrical grid needs to be able to support all this renewable energy. One of the ways is by upgrading our existing electrical grid to a Smart grid.

Hawaii Ends Net Metering And Opens Door for Solar Energy Storage

Hawaii Ends Net Metering And Opens Door for Solar Energy Storage

When one door closes, another opens. This saying holds true when it comes to Hawaii’s solar industry.

The Bad News

Citing unsafe circuits and grid disruptions as a couple of the technical and operational challenges the utility faces having the highest amount of solar per capita in the nation, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission ended net metering to new participants in October 2015. In its place, new customers choose from either grid-supply or self-supply options.

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