LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) - The Kauai Island Utility Cooperative will offer discounted electric rates to certain residential customers who shift energy consumption to daylight hours in order to use the utility's solar resources.
The Garden Island reports that the one-year pilot program was approved Monday by the Public Utilities Commission and is designed to increase community participation in renewable energy programs and reduce the likelihood solar energy will be curtailed.
The program will offer a 25 percent discount on standard electric rates from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or 8 cents less than the 31 cents customers were charged per kilowatt hour in September.
Recruiting will start in October for a program start date in 2016. The utility provider will choose 300 residential customers based on several factors, including diversity of household size.