Monday, April 20, 2015

Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes - NYTimes.com

A pattern Elon Musk is expected to accelerate on April 30th

"Customers are increasingly asking about the batteries that he often puts in along with the solar panels, allowing them to store the power they generate during the day for use at night. It is more expensive, but it breaks consumer reliance on the utility’s network of power lines.

“I’ve actually taken people right off the grid,” he said, including a couple who got tired of waiting for Hawaiian Electric to approve their solar system and expressed no interest in returning to utility service. “The lumbering big utilities that are so used to taking three months to study this and then six months to do that — what they don’t understand is that things are moving at the speed of business. Like with digital photography — this is inevitable.”"
Solar Power Battle Puts Hawaii at Forefront of Worldwide Changes - NYTimes.com
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