Solar Energy in Hawaii

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Hawaii properties – Solar energy in Hawaii: Hawaii is one of the most vulnerable places when it comes to energy. Because the island state is located in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it relies on regular shipments of oil that are used to power electric generators throughout the island chain. This reliance on fossil fuels has put Hawaii at a severe disadvantage and incredible risk. At the whim of nature, Hawaii can quickly be without power in days. However, the spread of solar energy in Hawaii will help to lessen the state’s dependence on the outside world and will increase its safety buffer should things go wrong. While experiments with wind power have been started on Maui and Oahu, solar energy is now being pushed as an essential step to winning energy freedom.

Presently, using solar energy to heat water is the most common method of harnessing the power of the sun. Current state and federal tax credits have encouraged thousands of homeowners to convert from electricity-powered heating systems to solar-powered ones. In 2009, over 50,000 homes transitioned to the new heating system. Photovoltaic or solar electricity uses cells made up of semi-conducting materials to convert sunlight into useable electricity. While the technology is relatively new, several residents are installing these large systems into their homes. Not only can residents completely remove their dependence on electricity, they can sell unused electricity back to the Hawaiian Electric Company.

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