Getting Hawai'i Off Oil Not Easy Task

Even with electric utility rates at more than 20¢/kWh, renewable energy is still a hard sell in the Islands.

Published: 19-Apr-2010

A 10-megawatt solar power project that would have boosted the amount of renewable energy on Kaua'i isn't moving ahead at this time.

The reason? The Kaua'i Island Utility Cooperative wouldn't agree to pay what the developer wanted for the electricity.

The stalled project provides a glimpse into a not-so-often discussed portion of green energy as the state drives toward adoption of sustainable power projects: Going green could translate into higher electricity prices in the short run for Hawai'i residents.

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