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ScottMadden and SEPA Explore the Renewable Energy Market in Hawaii: What's Driving the Change?

December 03, 2015 | Atlanta, GA  


    To better understand the renewable transformation currently underway, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and ScottMadden, Inc., one of North America’s leading energy consulting firms, led a group of international energy industry executives to explore the renewable energy market in Hawaii. The trip featured face-to-face meetings with thought leaders and decision makers who are adapting to change in the state’s dynamic and challenging environment, including the Hawaiian electric utility, transmission, and renewable energy industries; government, trade, and industry associations; and market experts.

    The evolving role of the Hawaiian utilities and the quickly changing solar market are, as officials there like to say, “postcards from the future” for mainland energy markets. The changes underway send a clear message about the solar market and what the mainland should expect in its future. As a result of this trip, the team identified key learnings in three main areas: operational and technical issues, customers and stakeholders, and leadership.

    “The team found that the system can take a lot more than you think,” said Chris Vlahoplus, partner and clean tech & sustainability practice leader at ScottMadden. “If you don’t get on board, you will be playing catch up for a long time.”

    To receive a copy of our report related to the key lessons learned for grid transformation or to schedule an interview with Mr. Vlahoplus, John Pang, partner at ScottMadden, or a representative from SEPA, please contact us at

    Additionally, ScottMadden and SEPA will soon release the article, “Answers to the Community Solar Questions You’re Too Afraid to Ask.” This report will provide a definition of community solar, review the community solar market and advantages, outline community solar models, and discuss community solar implementation issues related to program design, customer motivations, and financial implications. If you would like to receive a copy of this complimentary report, contact us.

    About Solar Electric Power Association
    The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is an educational non-profit dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios for the benefit of the utility, its customers, and the public good. With 900 utility and solar industry members, SEPA provides unbiased utility solar market intelligence, up-to-date information about technologies and business models, and peer-to-peer interaction. From hosting national events to providing utility strategies, SEPA helps utilities make smart solar decisions. For more information, visit | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

    About ScottMadden’s Clean Tech & Sustainability Practice
    Leveraging our energy expertise, the ScottMadden Clean Tech & Sustainability practice helps our clients effectively navigate through the quickly changing energy landscape. We specialize in assisting our clients with sustainable energy strategies and making smart portfolio choices. We work with our clients to understand and effectively utilize cleaner, renewable sources of energy, such as nuclear, wind, solar, biomass, and biofuels. Our experienced team of energy practitioners understands the roles of energy efficiency, demand response, and storage as part of an integrated strategy. We also assist clients with sustainability, bringing an understanding of energy-unique concerns.

    About ScottMadden, Inc.
    ScottMadden is the management consulting firm that does what it takes to get it done right. Our practice areas include Energy, Clean Tech & Sustainability, Corporate & Shared Services, and Grid Transformation. We deliver a broad array of consulting services ranging from strategic planning through implementation across many industries, business units, and functions. To learn more, visit | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


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    Mary Tew



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