Feed-in-Tariff (Hawaii)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place Hawaii

Name Feed-in-Tariff
Incentive Type Performance-Based Incentive
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Solar Thermal Electric, Photovoltaics, Landfill Gas, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Municipal Solid Waste, Small Hydroelectric, Tidal Energy, Wave Energy, Ocean Thermal
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Rates for Tier 1 and Tier 2 vary by system size and technology

Rates for Tier 3 vary by technology

Eligible System Size Systems up to 5 MW are eligible, though system size cap varies by technology and island

Ownership of Renewable Energy Credits Utility

Terms 20 year contract
Program Administrator Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Website http://www.heco.com/portal/site/heco/menuitem.508576f78baa14340b4c0610c510b1ca/?vgnextoid=0b0a8618ce4f7210VgnVCM1000005c011bacRCRD&vgnextchannel=3220894ba55bb210VgnVCM1000005c011bacRCRD&vgnextfmt=default&vgnextrefresh=1&level=0&ct=article

References DSIRE[1]


Note: In August of 2013 the Hawaii Public Utility Commission initiatied an investigation into the Feed-In-Tariff Program in Docket No. 2013-0194 2013-0194.

In September 2009, the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a decision that established a feed-in tariff in Hawaii. The feed-in tariff is offered by the three investor-owned utilities: HECO, MECO and HELCO. The rates for the feed-in tariff, schedule, and standard interconnection agreements were approved on October 13, 2010. This program will be reviewed by the PUC two years after the start of the program and every three years thereafter. The FIT for Tiers 1 and 2 opened November 17, 2010 for HECO and November 24, 2010 for HELCO and MECO. Rates for Tier 3 were approved November 22, 2011 and revised tariffs were filed by December 30, 2011. Currently, in-line hydropower's eligibility for Tier 3 has been deferred. Concentrating solar power Tier 3 projects are capped at 33% of the aggregate feed-in tariff cap for each of the HECO companies.

To apply for the feed-in tariff, applicants must register and apply online at the Independent Observer FIT web site. After January 3, 2012, systems must file a building permit application on the same day, or before applying for the feed-in tariff, unless no building permit is required by the county.

Several renewable energy technologies are eligible for the feed-in tariff, including solar photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP), on-shore wind and in-line hydropower. Under this program, qualified projects will receive a fixed rate over a 20-year contract. There are three tiers for rates, with the tiers and rates differentiated by technology and system size. The maximum caps on system size vary by island and by technology. Tier 1 includes all islands and technologies where the project is less than or equal to 20 kilowatts-AC (kW-AC) in capacity. Tier 2 includes systems sized greater than 20 kW-AC and less than or equal to: 100 kW-AC for on-shore wind and in-line hydropower on all islands; 100 kW-AC for PV and CSP on Lanai and Molokai; 250 kW-AC for PV on Maui and Hawaii; 500 kW-AC for CSP on Maui and Hawaii; and 500 kW-AC for PV and CSP on Oahu. Tier 3 covers all systems larger than the Tier 2 caps, up to 5 megawatts-AC (MW-AC) on Oahu and 2.72 MW-AC on Maui and Hawaii. Wind projects on Maui and Hawaii are subject to the Tier 2 caps. The rates are as follows:

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Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information - Hawaii PUC
Department Hawaii Public Utilities Commission
Address 465 South King Street, Room 103
Place Honolulu, Hawaii
Zip/Postal Code 96813
Phone (808) 586-2020

Email Hawaii.PUC@hawaii.gov
Website http://www.hawaii.gov/budget/puc
Contact Name HECO FIT Inquiries
Department Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc.
Address P.O. Box 2750
Address 2 Energy Procurement CP21-XB
Place Honolulu, Hawaii
Zip/Postal Code 96840-0001
Phone (808) 543-4044

Website http://www.heco.com

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: HI PUC Decision and Order, Docket 2008-0273
Date Enacted 2009-09-25

Authority 2: HI PUC Order, Docket 2008-0273
Date Effective 2010-10-13

Authority 3: Hawaiian Electric Companies' Tier 1 and Tier 2 Tariffs
Date Effective 2010-10-22

Authority 4: HI PUC Order, Docket 2008-0273, Tier 3 Rates
Date Enacted 2011-11-22

Authority 5: HI PUC Order 30635, Docket No. 2008-0273
Date Enacted 2012-09-14

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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