by Andrew Walden
The revolution will not be televised, but on television last night, the RevoluSun was not blacked out.
KITV reports it had:
"...obtained a contract addendum from a solar company doing business in Hawaii that authorizes the company to proceed with PV installation before HECO determines whether an interconnectivity study or possible upgrades is required. The company, which KITV4 chose not to name, has since issued a new addendum clarifying that a customer's PV system won't be connected to the electrical grid until it receives HECO approval."
But a picture is worth a thousand words and the screencap does all the talking:
"It makes us look like a bunch of money-hungry, greedy, desperate people and we're not," said (solar contractor Jeff) Davis. “Those people who might sign a paper such as that might find themselves unable to activate their system.”
Although HECO won’t say what actions it may take if it comes across an unapproved PV system, homeowners who proceed without the utility’s knowledge may find themselves in the unenviable position of paying for a solar loan on top of their electric bill.
RevoluSun calls itself, "Hawaii's leading solar company." Its website explains: "Our customers – we like to call them RevoluSunaries – choose solar because they want to do well financially while they do good environmentally."
"Could you imagine paying both a photo voltaic loan and an electric bill?” said Davis. What will that do to the average household's budget here on Oahu?"
The RevoluSun devours its children.
BONUS: Screencap of RevoluSun Addendum to Contract
HECO Warns Solar Contractors over Deceptive Sales Practices
Installing a Solar PV System? Check with HECO first