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Maui County Seeking Solar Photovoltaic Firms

Economic opportunity abounds on Maui, for solor photovoltaic firms.
May 31, 2013

Maui County Seeking Solar Photovoltaic Firms

Living on Maui

Maui's economic opportunity is good for solar photovoltaic firms right now. The county is seeking such firms to install, operate, maintain and own solar PV systems, according to Doug McLeod, our energy commissioner. Under a power purchase agreement, the participating firms would sell the energy generated to the county so as to lower our energy costs.

In general, economic opportunity is welcome, but this situation is special because it makes the cost of living on Maui cheaper, which will appeal to those who want to buy a home on Maui and earn a living here, or retire.

Hawaii's isolation is a major driver in its dedication to develop renewable energy sources. Our wind farms are one such source, and why not take full advantage of the tropical sun that shines so brightly here? We are situated closer to the equator than any other state in the U.S., and while it means we have to be diligent with our sunscreen, it also means that as PV technology becomes more and more efficient, our location will be advantageous enough to neutralize the difficulties associated with a level of geographic isolation that is second to none on Earth.

According to the commissioner, the size of the project isn't clear yet, but they are aiming for 1-megwatt of solar energy, for now. In their RFPs (request for proposals), they highlighted 15 sites, some of which are made up of more than one building, and also include rooftop, ground mount and carport PV spaces. As an added benefit, private investors will pay for the systems, meaning there will be no upfront cost to the county.

We hope to see continual reduction in Maui's cost of living via clean energy development in the future. We hope you've found this blog informative. Mahalo!

RealEstateMauiHawaii.com - By Mark Harbison
 

Blogs for May 2013

Maui County Seeking Solar Photovoltaic Firms

Posted on May 31, 2013
Maui County Seeking Solar Photovoltaic Firms

Maui's economic opportunity is good for solar photovoltaic firms right now. The county is seeking such firms to install, operate, maintain and own solar PV systems, according to Doug McLeod, our energy commissioner. Under a power purchase agreement, the participating firms would sell the energy… Continue Reading

Falling Unemployment in Maui County

Posted on May 24, 2013
Falling Unemployment in Maui County

According to a recent report by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, unemployment rates fell significantly in Maui County during the first quarter, thanks to job growth, particularly in the visitor industry. The unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, as opposed to 6.9 percent in… Continue Reading

Invasive Plants and Your Maui Landscaping

Posted on May 17, 2013
Invasive Plants and Your Maui Landscaping

Home owners often neglect the beauty of their landscaping because they spend so much time inside, they forget about the outside. This is Maui! The temperatures are fairer than the other states, and we get a lot of sun, which is especially true of South… Continue Reading

Andaz Maui at Wailea 2013 Opening

Posted on May 10, 2013
Andaz Maui at Wailea 2013 Opening

One of the most interesting Wailea developments underway is the Andaz Maui, a new luxury resort located on 15 oceanfront acres, which was the former site of the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort that closed in 2007. Although it is not yet open, the Andaz is… Continue Reading

Hawaii Budget Includes New High School for Maui

Posted on May 03, 2013
Hawaii Budget Includes New High School for Maui

Hawaii lawmakers have planned a $130 million Kihei high school into the state's proposed $23.8 billion biennium budget, which means that the school will be fully-funded for the fiscal year of 2015, so it can be fully built all at once rather than… Continue Reading

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