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Maui’s first self supply project

Haiku, Hawaii: Rising Sun Solar has installed the first Self Supply home battery system on Maui. Rising Sun installed the system for Mrs. Kitty Walsh, mother of celebrity Maui-based surfer, Ian Walsh, at her new Haiku residence. Mrs. Walsh is the first Maui resident installed under Maui Electric Company’s (MECO) new Customer Self-Supply Program (CSS).

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Mrs. Walsh chose Sunrun’s Brightbox option that allows her to get both solar panels and the battery for no money down and receive significant savings on her energy costs.

Kitty Walsh says, “Our family is excited to participate in the Customer Self Supply Program. The Brightbox system was financed by Sunrun. We did not pay for installation, or start-up costs, and will be saving on monthly electrical bills. An added benefit of the Tesla Powerwall home battery is back-up power in the event of a power outage.”

The new CSS program provides a welcome solution for customers previously denied solar applications by the utility. In the past the utility refused many customers’ applications, often with the justification that the “circuit was saturated”.

Rising Sun co-owner Brad Albert says, “Hawaii’s path toward 100% renewable energy will require us to store some of the solar energy produced during the day. The Tesla Powerwall allows customers to produce energy during the day and use it at night. It’s a pioneering technology that can also add resilience and adaptability to the utility grid.”

Starting with the seventh photovoltaic installation on Maui in 2003, Rising Sun is today the largest solar energy company in state with offices on Maui, Big Island, Oahu and Kauai. Rising Sun partner’s with Sunrun to offer solar for little or no money down. Rising Sun is the certified Tesla Energy authorized dealer on Maui.