A New York Times article about the struggle solar panel purchasers are going through in Hawaii should give Ontario consumers pause.
The article describes the local utility, Hawaiian Electric Company, as making things difficult to get solar panels, installed by individual homeowners, connected to the grid. The article alleges that many electrical utilities are looking at reducing the monies paid for privately generated solar energy, adding fees and making it difficult for solar panel companies to operate.
HEC is a publicly held company, not owned by the government. Is this what will happen with the proposed sale of Hydro One? What certainties will we have that the initiatives brought in by the previous government will continue? Will electric vehicle subsidies be the next to go?
It’s not a question of whether or not we can afford solar energy fed into the grid. It’s a question of whether or not we can afford not to.