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Amp up your commute

by Jessica Else - The Garden Island KOLOA — David Lee needed to figure out a way to use some of the extra energy his photovoltaic system generated when Kauai Island Utility Cooperative halved the amount paid to PV owners for excess energy. He bought a used Nissan Leaf electric vehicle. Now he powers his treks around the island with extra energy generated at home. “Right now, there is so much PV generation in the daytime, KIUC has a plan to curtail buying from customers when there is too much supply,” Lee said. “Why not use it to charge car batteries?”…
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Drive Electric Hawai‘i

Drive Electric Hawai‘i is a partnership made up of eight key stakeholder organizations that have agreed to collaborate on electrification of ground transportation in Hawai‘i as an essential part of achieving the state’s clean energy goals.  Drive Electric Hawai‘i will seek to accelerate adoption of electric vehicles and expand vehicle-charging infrastructure in a way that brings more renewable energy onto the electric grid KIUC is one of the founding participants who have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.  Other participants are: Blue Planet Foundation Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation Hawai‘i State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) Hawai‘i State…
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Kauai EV!

Kauai EV!

The main reason for us to go solar was to reduce our carbon footprint, and a large portion of the CO2 that we as a family produced was due to driving gas-powered vehicles.  So the easiest solution to that was to size the system so it could charge an electrical vehicle additionally to powering our household. While we were designing our photovoltaic system we already had an electric car in mind – a Nissan Leaf.  The general recommendations based on an average mileage of 12,000 miles per year are to add between 2.5 kW (recommended by Ford and SunPower) and 3.6 kW…
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