Solar industry gives HELCO, sister companies high rankings


Hawaii Electric Light Co. ranked seventh in 2013 for the most solar install that year, according to the Solar Electric Power Association’s annual report.

All four of the state’s power grids made the top 10 list, with Oahu’s Hawaiian Electric in fifth, Maui Electric Co. eighth and Kauai Island Utility Cooperative ninth.

“Solar power, both utility-scale and rooftop systems, is a strong part of our renewable energy progress, Scott Seu, Hawaiian Electric vice president of energy resources and operations, said. “More than 18 percent of the electricity used by our customers in 2013 came from renewable energy. And as we reach record-breaking levels of solar, we’ve been working more closely with our Hawaii solar industry to address concerns about safe and reliable integration.”

The Solar Electric Power Association is a national educational non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios.