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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Solar Victory -- Proud to Be Part Of It

Hawaii has had great sucess with solar thermal and electric.   

So good in fact that the local utility decided to scuttle the solar industry by stopping all solar work in 2012 under the lie of "safety" and "grid stability".

"stock" attended a HECO meeting in Feb 2015, with 200 stake holders, and gave them some truth, speaking truth to power.      I got them to admit in front of 200 people that Solar has NEVER caused a single problem with the grid.  

I spoke directly to Senator Gabbard, mentioned in the article below.  

Then some politicians jumped on their case for killing 4200 solar jobs just to increase their own profits.   The utitlity did start trickling out "approvals" to let PV interconnect with the grid.   Some people had been waiting 2 years after spending all the money on the system!     Thousands more still wait and the solar market has been badly damaged with 16 of the biggest players either going legally bankrupt or just shutting down solar operations.

Now this month, a broad base of politics voted for a 100% renewable portfolio.  

stock here:   I did my first Solar Thermal in 1995 in Guam, and my first Solar Electric PV in Honolulu in 1999.     So I am going to take a bit of a victory lap here, indulge me.

I am proud to be on the front edge of the new energy (one of my 'stage names' is Fresh Energy) that will lead the world into the next 50 years.      

Hawaii lawmakers voted 74-2 this week to pass the nation's first state-wide requirement for 100 percent renewable energy generation. House Bill (HB) 623 mandates that the entirety of the state’s energy portfolios must be generated using renewable energy resources no later than 2045.

As reported by eSolarEnergyNews, Jeff Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue Planet Foundation said, "Hawaii lawmakers made history passing this legislation--not only for the islands, but for the planet. Passage of this measure is a historic step towards a fossil fuel-free Hawaii. This visionary policy is a promise to future generations that their lives will be powered not by climate-changing fossil fuel, but by clean, local, and sustainable sources of energy."

"Local renewable projects are already cheaper than liquid natural gas and oil,” said Chris Lee, Chairman of the House Energy and Environmental Protection Committee and introducer of HB 623. “Our progress toward meeting our renewable energy standards has already saved local residents hundreds of millions on their electric bills. Moving to 100 percent renewable energy will do more to reduce energy prices for local residents in the long term than almost anything else we could do."

Senator Gabbard, Chair of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, said, "With this bill, we'll now be the most populated set of islands in the world with an independent grid to establish a 100 percent renewable electricity goal. Through this process of transformation, Hawaii can be the model that other states, and even nations, follow. And we'll achieve the biggest energy turnaround in the country, going from 90 percent dependence on fossil fuels to 100 percent clean energy."

House Bill 623 also increases interim requirements for renewable energy to 30 percent by 2020. Last year, Hawaii generated about 22 percent of its electricity from renewable resources.


  1. That's appears akin to having completed Pike's Peak in the late Jerry "Tyrone" Malone's Mama-truck/Papa-truck towing frozen "Little Irvy"!

    Hooonk, honk! Whooosh!


    Nice to see that others agree that "investing" in fuels (et al) that simply go up in smoke with no appreciable asset afterwards defies common sense at best. At worst, it is suicidal, which reminds me of similarly named doors. lol

    Tip it, sir. I remember a wise man said that. Oh yeah; that was you, Stock! :)

    1. Thanks Dud, usually doing solar is like peeing in a dark suit.....makes you feel warm but nobody notices, lol

    2. No, I thank you sir.
      Would that not also be like peeing in a wet suit?
      I wish that i was doing solar too.

      (The "globular" warming peeps are out in droves here now. El Nino is blamed, but not the "ELEphant in the room" AKA the North Pacific "blob". It was good to see how you and "Doc" agreed to disagree on that, instead of mudslinging, like many unfortunately do, to their own discredit.)

      Was there some digital grunt work you had for me?
      Filling cells? "R" that what you need? Am thinking that .CSV output might represent the lowest risk to retransmit back at you. Quote of wikipedia: "A comma-separated values (CSV) file stores tabular data (numbers and text) in plain text."
      Please respond here, if so.

      Mahalo, stock! Like Bobby1, you rock too (imho) !!!

      PS: Trace nutrients are important. "The Fifth Element", for instance:


      It is nice to see that my leeks that have gone to flower have not (yet?) started growing mini-leeks out of their flowers. In other words, i have not yet seen "Medusa-heads" like i did four years ago (so far).
      I love that advice somebody freely gave about leek/oregano flowers as bee attractants. Have actually seen real (africanized?) honeybees lately!

      I thank you again. Sites like this are abundant food for thought!


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