Energy management provider Enphase Energy collaborated with Hawaiian Electric Company to help clear out the stockpile of solar consumers waiting for interconnection on the island of Oahu.
In wake of making a pledge in October 2014 to clear 90% of the interconnection backlog by April 2015, Hawaiian Electric reached out to Enphase in order to receive a detailed report regarding grid conditions in neighborhoods across Oahu.
Around 25,000 Enphase projects have been installed on Oahu and make up about 70% of all PV systems on the island. After looking over “heat maps” — designed by both groups In order to measure voltage and frequency data in certain areas — Hawaiian Electric was able to reach its commitment to release approximately 4,000 PV installations, or over 20MW, of solar interconnections.
Paul Nahi, president and CEO of Enphase, said: “Leveraging Enphase’s smart microinverters, and our data communications technology to clear Oahu’s interconnection queue exemplifies the innovative thinking that Hawaiian Electric is applying to accommodate higher levels of solar penetration. Our collaboration shows that solar technology companies and utilities can and must work together to the benefit of ratepayers while making the large-scale grid integration of solar a reality.”
Raghu Belur, co-founder and vice president of products and strategic initiatives of Enphase, added: “The clearance of the Oahu interconnection queue is welcome news for the solar community and provides another example of Enphase’s technology leadership as well as the value that the company offers beyond microinverters. With the backlog gone, the solar community can now get back to what it does best—installing rooftop solar and helping customers save on their energy bills.”