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Hawaiian Electric proposes increase to solar panel fee

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaiian Electric Co. is proposing an increase to the minimum monthly bill for new rooftop solar owners on all islands.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that in a Monday filing with the Public Utilities Commission the company proposed a hike to $25. The current minimum bill for residential customers is $17 on Oahu, $18 on Maui and $20.50 on Hawaii island.

HECO also proposed to credit new solar customers on Oahu at a rate of 18 cents per kilowatt-hour for all solar energy sent to the grid. Currently solar customers are credited at the retail rate for electricity, which averaged 35 cents on Oahu in 2014.

Any new minimum fees would not affect current solar customers.

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