The Hawaiian Electric companies recently launched NEM Plus, a program that allows net energy metering (NEM) customers to add features such as energy storage to their rooftop solar system, as long as the new equipment doesn’t export power to the grid.
The program, now active, is available for existing NEM customers with a signed agreement at Hawaiian Electric, Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light. There are about 71,000 NEM customers across the companies’ five-island service territory.
NEM Plus allows NEM customers to maintain their current program status if they choose to add a non-exporting renewable system with or without energy storage, or a stand-alone energy storage system.
“We’re excited to offer this new program as an option for NEM customers who previously weren’t able to make changes to their systems without affecting their status in the program,” says Jim Alberts, senior vice president of customer service.
In concept, the NEM Plus program is the equivalent of adding a customer self-supply system at the same location as an active NEM system. NEM customers interested in making changes to their existing system must go through the standard process of submitting an amendment form. This submission is separate from the NEM Plus application. More information can be found here.