Community talks concerns over new Waikoloa Village solar project
KAILUA-KONA — Representatives of AES Distributed Energy convened the first public meeting Tuesday night on a proposed solar-plus-storage project planned for an area roughly two miles southeast of Waikoloa Village.
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If we think solar is our power savior, everything should be done to put panels on the roofs of houses. Really dumb to use open land to make solar farms when we’ve got all these roofs doing nothing except keeping the rain off.
Agree, the PUC has to reverse their stand on net metering especially now with the Eruption aftermath on geothermal.. Plenty roofs waiting..
I don’t want them on my roof. Ugly as hell. Besides additional cost when repairing or replacing my roof.
Where is the problem with $25 electric bills instead of $250? How often do you look at your roof. Payback at 12% interest. Try to get that at a bank.
Large utility-scale solar projects are MUCH less costly to build and operate. Think one-third the cost–and the project actually gets maintained to ensure that it delivers the power it should. Solar at home is great for the home owner, but it isn’t going to deliver the kind of generation that it is going to take in order for us to get away from importing fossil fuels to generate power.
Maybe not but it’s a good deal 4 homeowner and it let’s them provide free energy back so the utilities can hold costs down if they really want. They don’t. Don’t think if utilities build arrays they will lower costs they won’t.. PUC need to start protecting citizens not utilities. Net metering is great win win for everyone if puc does its job right, they’re not.
How about just a little basic logic when this development starts. As far as to impact traffic and congestion as least as possible. Why not attempt to do as much driving of slow equipment transportation during the early AM hours as possible , as to not impact the general public on Waikoloa Road. Or add additional passing lanes prior to the project. Since it is only a 2-lane HWY that is becoming more congested daily with the additional population growth and density taking place here.
Geothermal, people complain. Wind, people complain. Nuclear, people complain . Biomass, people complain . Incinerator, people complain . Burning diesel, people complain. Coal, people complain. Hydroelectric, people complain. Now, solar, people complain. Did I miss any? They all still buy those big screen TVs though, and more and more electric cars.