What are non-wires alternatives?

Solar panels on a resident rooftop
  • Increasing the grid’s resilience and reliability — NWAs encourage diverse energy generation rather than relying on any one source for electricity. For Hawaiian Electric, this makes it easier to bounce back from disasters and helps us become less vulnerable to global fluctuations in resource costs. For customers, this means a lower risk of outages and more stable, predictable utility bills. This is especially helpful for isolated or remote communities where traditional poles and wires may be difficult or expensive to build.
  • Anticipated customer savings — If distributed energy resources can be acquired and used to solve grid issues that would have normally been solved through new gird infrastructure, and at a lower cost, then customers aim to realize savings on their electric bill.
  • Supporting customer participation — By encouraging the development of distributed energy resources, NWAs open up more opportunities for customers to participate in generating and storing their own electricity.
  • Environmental benefits and improving community aesthetics — NWAs will contribute to the overall clean energy produced and used in Hawaii, helping us move away from fossil fuels and pollution, and potentially deferring the need for new utility poles, wires, and transformers.



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Established in 1891, Hawaiian Electric is committed to empowering its customers and communities by providing affordable, reliable, clean and sustainable energy.