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Stimulus funds supporting Hawaii energy storage

HONOLULU (AP) - Energy storage projects in Hawaii and Maui counties are due to receive $2.1 million in federal stimulus funds.

The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism said Tuesday $1.2 million is going to Maui Electric Co. while $900,000 is heading to Hawaii Electric Light Co.

U.S. Department of Energy renewable energy senior adviser Steve Lindenberg says the funds are intended to expand renewable energy use in Hawaii.

Storage is important for renewable energy because resources like solar power and wind aren't available all the time.

Utilities will be able to deliver power more reliably if they're able to store solar and wind power for use when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing.

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