Hawaii Will Power Its Clean Grid with 6,000 Home Batteries Installed by Swell Energy

Jan 18, 2021 - Greentech Media

Hawaii's largest utility enlisted a new tool in its quest for a carbon-free electricity system: thousands of batteries installed in people's homes.

Hawaiian Electric won regulator approval for a $25 million plan to harness solar and batteries at 6,000 homes across the islands of Hawaii, Maui and Oahu. Venice Beach, Calif.-based startup Swell Energy will oversee customer outreach, installation and operation of the network, which will serve as a "virtual power plant."

Once complete, ...