Panel Discusses Renewable Energy Systems on Maui at July Membership Meeting

Experts explore Net Energy Metering and the future of solar energy on Maui. “Maui is the best place for developing and showcasing the clean energy future.” Trisha Smith Maui Weekly Posted July 29, 2010 When Kihei couple Jeanne and Michael Duberstein decided to install a rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system on their home, they intended to significantly reduce their monthly electric bill and their “connection” to Maui Electric Company (MECO). But during the Kihei Community Association (KCA) and South Maui Sustainability (SMS) joint meeting on Tuesday, July 20, Jeanne expressed her frustrations with MECO. “We went to PV, yet continue to pay for imported oil and other random line charges,” said Jeanne. She is aggravated that she can’t get any answers from MECO that justify these charges, and feels those looking to install systems need more incentives than just tax rebates. “Are they even putting much effort into creating a program that works well?” she asked. And, KCA President John Miller later asked if the company really is investing in renewable energy. A panel discussion at the Kihei Community Center last week explored Net Energy Metering (NEM) and the benefits of utilizing solar power. The panel also examined problems with MECO’s “old, antiquated structure.” “Maui is the best place in the world for developing and showcasing the clean energy future,” stated Clean Energy Maui CEO Chris Mentzel. “Green” experts like...

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