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Utilities see solar panels as threat to power lines and bottom line

Overall, demand for electricity is softening while home solar is rapidly spreading across the US

Solar panels at homes in Kapolei, Hawaii. Hawaii has so many homes generating excess solar power that it can cause trouble for a grid designed to carry electricity in the other direction - one reason some utilities try to stem the rise of solar energy.


ALLAN AKAMINE has looked all around the winding, palm tree-lined cul-de-sacs of his suburban neighbourhood in Miliani here on Oahu and, with an equal mix of frustration and bemusement, seen roof after roof bearing solar panels.

Mr Akamine, 61, a manager for a cable company...

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